As I write this week’s message, I am seated in my living room on Sunday evening. I have been blessed to receive e-mails from members of the congregation telling that they have already chosen a Prayer Partner. I want to use this opportunity to give some guidance about how make most of this wonderful opportunity.
Whilst there is high value in having a quiet time in solitude, there is also a fresh anointing to our prayers when we pray with another person. Even Jesus himself suggested that this strategy brings exceptional power. He said, "if two or three agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them" (Matthew 18:19-20).
Praying with others, helps us to discern God's will and guidance. His providence is revealed as we come together to pray and hear God's voice. We may find that, in praying in this way, we do not submit so easily to the temptation of accepting only the answers that we desire to hear, and that we come to the reality of being willing to submit to God's direction.
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He repeatedly used plural pronouns. This prayer is about us, not about me or you as individuals. Praying with a partner leads us down an unselfish path, helping to purge our prayers of self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, we read, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him - a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
Prayer Partnership is about sharing life and growing together in Christ. For this reason you should not forget the five golden rules of praying in this way:
1. Pray and choose the right prayer partner.
2. Be committed to pray and study the Bible together.
3. Keep your prayer needs confidential.
4. Choose someone of the same sex.
5. Join together at one of the Prayer Meeting Groups at Christ Church.
Before I finish, if you desire to learn how to overcome the daily battles that we face, as men and women; I highly recommend the following books:
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn
Captivating by Stasi Eldredge
Every Woman’s Battle by Shannon Ethridge
By the way “The Trellis and the Vine” books have arrived. If you ordered a copy, please, come and talk to me.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Josep Rosselló