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What does the fellowship of prayer mean?  My good friend Ruth spoke these words during a conversation.

Definition of fellowship:

  • Sharing of experiences, common interests, goals, or views.
  • A group of like-minded people
  • Companionship or friendly association.

Oswald Chambers states in the introduction to his book, “Prayer, a Holy Occupation”; “The job of every Christian is to pray.  Prayer seems like such a small thing to do – next to nothing at all in fact.  Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything.  It’s a privilege, a right as well as a responsibility.  He wants us to pray always about everything during times of joy as well as sorrow.  He wants us to talk to him about unbelievers before we talk to unbelievers about Him.  Prayer is our holy occupation.  Plain and simple”

When a congregation or two people pray together, they are entering into the fellowship of prayer by sharing one another’s burdens and together they boldly enter the “holiest by the blood of Christ.”  Hebrews 10:19.

Apostles Peter and John went to the temple to pray, and there they healed a man who had been lame from birth.  They were taken before the rulers of the synagogue, the elders and scribes along with Annas the high priest, and others who were not happy about what Peter and John had done and asked them ‘by what power, or by what name, have you done this?’  Peter full of the boldness of the Holy Spirit preached to them and after his sermon, Peter and John were threatened by the rulers not to speak at all or preach in the name of Jesus.  When Peter and John went back to the believers and told them what happened  they lifted up their voice to God with one accord and prayed asking for boldness to continue speaking the word of God, and the ‘place was shaken…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.’  Acts 3 and 4.

The twelfth chapter of Acts relates the account of Herod’s persecution of the church when he killed James the brother of John and imprisoned Peter.  Verse 5 “prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.”  They were together in fellowship.  The result was that Peter was taken out of that prison by an angel of the Lord and he was reunited with the group.  Personally, I think it one of the most humorous stories in the Scriptures.  The group was praying incessantly, yet when Peter came to them they could not believe it was him, saying it was his angel probably thinking he was dead.

Nehemiah was the cup-bearer for King Artaxerxes of Persia and when he heard about the walls of Jerusalem being broken down he was grieved and began to pray.  He had favor with the king and was allowed to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.  Nehemiah prayed; “O Lord, I beseech you, let now your heart be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants, who desire to fear your name; and prosper, I pray, your servant this day and grant him mercy…” Nehemiah 1:11.  Three people named Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian came against him openly mocking him and trying by smooth deceptive words to keep him from completing the task.  These three men conspired together to come up against Jerusalem and when Nehemiah and the others heard about it, they prayed unto God and set watchmen on the wall day and night as lookouts against the conspirators.  God heard and they completed the reconstruction in 52 days.

The fellowship of prayer includes praising and thanking God.  Second Chronicles chapter 5 is the account of the dedication of Solomon’s temple.  Verses 13  and 14 says ‘as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for his mercy endures forever.  And the house of the LORD was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not stand to minister, for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God’.

Did you know that our prayers ascend to God and are placed in golden vials as incense?  “…the four beasts and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone one of them with harps and golden vials full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8.  “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, that there was much incense given to him that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” Revelation 8:3, 4.

The fellowship of prayer is a necessity for all Christian believers everywhere.

Be blessed,

Jane Owens

© 2013

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20 & 21

God is able to do more than we can ever measure (add up) beyond our imaginations and far beyond what we ask.  He is able according to His power that is at work within us.

          Key phrase   “according to His power that is at work within us”

Questions:  As time goes by, does God’s power grow more powerful in us?  Do we get all of His power to use at one time?  Is it up to me to allow Him to use His power through me?  The answer is “yes” to these questions.  It all goes back to that keyword “According”

The definition of according is: “to bring into agreement;  to be consistent or in harmony with”[1].  Thus in order for God to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, we must be in agreement with Him!

An old hymn says:

 “All to Jesus, I surrender

All to Him I freely give.

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live.”

 “I surrender all”

I surrender all

All to thee, my blessed savior

I surrender all”[2]

How does one acquire this power?  First of all, one must accept that Yeshua (Jesus) died, was buried and rose again on the third day.  He died for everyone, but it is up to us to accept and believe.  Not only do we need to accept the atoning work of the cross, but we need to be fully surrendered to Him and His workings in us.

  • It is according to our obedience.
  • It is according to His power at work within us.

            Yeshua is the Word and He lives in us and is manifested in us by the Spirit of God.  If He is not glorified in our lives, then we are living by our own power, not the Power of God.  To Him is the glory forever and ever!  Another old hymn written by Albert Osborn states it this way:

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

All His wonderful power and purity

O thou Savior divine, All my nature refine

‘Til the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”

We do not have to understand the “why’s” we only need to know the “wherefore’s”.  His Power is at work within us and we can expect, plan on and look forward to, His wonderful and glorious answers to come through us ALL for His glory.  None of our selfish selves should be concerned about us.  As long as we are obedient to His teachings and instructions, we can expect, through faith, the glorious results.

Be blessed

Jane Owens

© 2013

[1] http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/according

[2] Hymn “I Surrender All” words by Judson W VanDeVenter  © Word Music 1896  http://www.hymntime.com/tch