Prayer as a Way of Life - "The Importance of Corporate Prayer"

Will Sohnchen

This morning I want to talk about The Importance of Corporate Prayer. In his excellent book entitled Praying for One Another, author Gene Getz has this to say about the importance of gathering with others for prayer: The hallmark of Western civilization has been rugged individualism. Because of our philosophy of life, we are used to the personal pronouns "I" and "my" and “me”. We have not been taught to think in terms of "we" and "our" and "us." Consequently, we individualize many references to corporate experience in the New Testament, thus often emphasizing personal prayer. The facts are that more is said in the Book of Acts and the Epistles about corporate prayer, corporate learning of biblical truth, and corporate Christian maturity and growth than about the personal aspects of these Christian disciplines... Don't misunderstand. Both are intricately related.

But the personal dimensions of Christianity are difficult to maintain and practice consistently unless they grow out of a proper corporate experience on a regular basis.

The truth is ... we need each other! There is power when we join with others in prayer.