Paul asks the Corinthian church to pray for his fellow missionaries and him in his second letter:
God delivered us from such a deadly peril, and … he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1:10-11 ESV)
I have learned that many many people are praying for me and our family through my new job. Paul here requests many people to utter prayers of deliverance.
That makes me wonder: Does God answer prayer more effectively or efficiently when more people pray? Are large numbers of pray-ers more effective than a few?
That would suggest (to me, anyway) that you can twist God’s arm if you get enough people praying. Is there a YES in more people?
So, what’s the benefit of large numbers of pray-ers?
Here are some thoughts:
- Paul provides this thought in the passage: the more people who pray, the more people who are able to experience the blessing of having their prayers answered!
- The more people who pray, the better chance that someone of all those people will utter the exact prayer that is needed – a slight variation on the prayer request that no one has thought of. Not that God didn’t already know the concern and the best course of action, but perhaps these pray-ers will be encouraged to hear about the answer to their specific prayers.
- Maybe God ordains a groundswell of prayer, that a large numbers of pray-ers will precede His answer. Maybe He does this to encourage more of these same pray-ers to get on their knees the next time a need arises. It’s prayer tutoring en masse.
- Finally, it’s hugely encouraging to know so many people are thinking of our family and praying us through this difficult time – especially because I am sure that some of them are praying for things that I don’t know to pray for. It’s a blessing to be prayed for. And it’s a blessing that God answers.
Any other thoughts out there??
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 9:1-10:34, Psalm 106:1-5, Proverbs 25:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)