Prayer is one of the deepest joys of the Christian life. It is almost too good to be true that in Jesus we have the very ear of God. What an indescribable gift, that the God whose greatness is beyond comprehension actually stoops to listen to us, and is even more ready to hear us than we are to speak.
And the joys and benefits of prayer aren’t limited to our personal prayer lives. A shared joy is a doubled joy, and God means for us not only to pray in our closets, and “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) as we move through life in a spirit of dependence, but to pray with company.
Inestimable good happens when the regenerate rally with their fellows to come to their Father. It is past finding out all that God is doing when we pray together. Yet it helps to trace out some of the goodness, and whet our appetites with a few of the graces for which our prayer together is a means.
Here are 9 benefits to praying with others:
1. Added Power
2. Multiplied Joy
3. Greater Glory to God
4. More Fruitful Ministry and Mission
5. Unity Among Believers
6. Answers We Otherwise Wouldn’t Get
7. To Learn and Grow in Our Prayers
8. To Know Each Other
9. To Know Jesus More
(Nine Profits to Praying with Company, David Mathis)