J. Edwin Orr, speaking at the National Prayer Congress some years ago, said, "There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in concerted united prayer." Perhaps we could say the same for a church. Someone sent me the following portion of a message that their pastor sent to his staff and board:
"We are asking that a group of prayer intercessors begin kneeling in prayer at the altars around 8:45 AM each Sunday morning, surrendering ourselves and this church to God afresh and anew each Sunday morning, and inviting Him to do whatever He wants to do through the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives that day...We are alerting the 'prelude people' that will be playing preludes to be aware of the Holy Spirit's presence as they play--we'll be praying while they play.
"We believe God has called us to do this--and as people began to do this and the atmosphere becomes charged with the Holy Spirit's presence we believe it will spread and grow and prepare us for true Worship.
"We want such prayer presence and power that it changes people even as they wander in for service! We are calling upon God in these days--we ask you to join us."
A couple months later, here is how one man described their recent Sunday service: "God's presence was very, very real and it was Holy Ground! The Holy Spirit is healing and helping in powerful ways."
God multiplies rewards when we unite! When two or more people come to God with the same desire, their prayer power is not just added together--it's multiplied! Deuteronomy 32:30 speaks of one man chasing a thousand and two putting 10,000 to flight. What a good reason for us to join with even just one other in prayer!
Prayer is where the battle is fought for the spiritual life of the church, and the pastor has the responsibility to lead this battle. Ask God to provide pastors creative and anointed ways to call people to prayer. Pray that God will give the people desire to respond.
Ask God to give you at least one person who will pray with you regularly.