All Christ followers should lead a life of prayer. In fact, Scripture tells us in 1 Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. Prayer is one of the deepest joys of the Christian life, as we are bringing our praise, requests, and confessions to the throne of the living God -- our God who not only hears us but intimately knows us and cares about our individual needs.
While private prayer is vital to the Christian life, so is praying together with our church families. When we gather with other believers and engage in corporate prayer, we increase our joy and encourage one another as we take turns praising our Heavenly Father for who He is and for how He provides. We also allow ourselves to be humbled, as we confess our sins or speak openly about the struggles we face, and ask God for wisdom and intervention. In corporate prayer, we learn from the way others speak to God and become involved in the process of sanctification in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The benefits of corporate prayer are endless!
When we engage in corporate prayer we should also think outside the confines of our own personal church family. We need to be thinking about the church as a whole and the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world that we’ll never meet this side of Heaven. We need to pray for the church's needs on a local and global scale. If you’ve never engaged in corporate prayer with your church family, I hope the following 10 topics will remind you that there are serious issues your church should be praying about together.
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