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

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