For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20 KJV)
There is in glory in personal prayer, but greater glory in corporate prayer. So though personal prayer is essential, as we have discussed, praying with another believer or community of believers manifests Christ’s presence and authority differently.
When two or three believers gather in prayer, we typically refer to the setting as corporate prayer. Though a single believer is the Temple of Christ and has the fullness of His Spirit, it takes at least two believers for the Body of Christ or the Church to be present. The Church, by definition, comprises at least two people: two or more people form a community or assembly, the central idea underlying the Church.
Two or three gathered in Jesus’ name is not only the body of Christ but is Jesus Himself present. Please reread Matthew 18:20 above again and mark the words of Jesus carefully. He did not say when we gather, He is or will be there amongst us. Instead, He says when we gather in His Name, “there am I in the midst of them”—He says that is Me! He completely identifies Himself with the assembly of His people. That means you should expect Christ’s presence and power to be manifested as though He was physically amongst us when we gather in prayer.
The gathering of believers in prayer can take several forms. The simplest form is praying with someone such as a friend, husband/wife, child, or pastor. In fact, agreeing with someone in prayer was the conversation in the verse above. Another form of corporate prayer is prayer meetings in different settings, including Churches or dedicated prayer meetings.
We meet today for Deshen Online Prayer at 7 pm Central Time. Meditate on these words as we gather for a time to experience the presence and power of the living Christ amongst us in prayer.
Read more: Three Essential Components of Prayer.
What are the similarities and differences between personal and corporate prayer?
Apply the Word
Take advantage of the extra glory in corporate prayer. When two believers genuinely agree (unity in spirit), there is an explosion in the spirit’s realm! Engage in not only personal prayer but corporate prayer.
Thank the Father for the authority invested in corporate prayer.