We should regularly pray in two ways: alone and with groups. The New Testament is filled with examples of disciples praying together, and when they did they received powerful results! So will we.
For 10 days after the Ascension of Christ, and before the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, 120 original followers of Jesus spent 10 days praying in “The Upper Room” in Jerusalem. The results of that prayer meeting are still being felt today.
The term “upper room” has become nearly synonymous in the Christian vocabulary with a place of prayer. The upper room was a literal place in Jerusalem 2000 years ago but I am using the words “upper room” here as a metaphor for any place where believers gather today to believe God for miraculous answers, in response to fervent prayer.
“And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:13-14)
There was no rank in the upper room prayer meeting. The Apostles were praying. The family of Jesus, including Mary His mother, was praying. The otherwise anonymous disciples, whose names we have never learned, were also there praying. Men and women were praying. Everyone in the Body of Christ can join the prayer meeting! And when we do, we should always expect powerful outcomes.
This week, of course you will often pray in solitude and we all should. In addition to private prayer, however, we should all gather intentionally with others to pray! Praying with a few other people will build your faith and God will hear your prayers. Find praying friends and your own “upper room” in the days ahead and watch God move!