FOURTH SUNDAY IN TRINITY
July 9, 2017
SUB-THEME/4: DIVINE MEANS OF HEALING
TOPIC: Human Agent (iv): Corporate Prayers Today
TEXT: Acts 16:16; 12:5.
i) Understand the essence of corporate prayers;
ii) Learn to stand in the gap with others;
iii) Tackle the challenges of corporate prayers.
We plan to examine some corporate prayers in scriptures and the results they produced. We will also examine clear words of scriptures demanding corporate prayers with the reasons. We shall further look at God’s word concerning the outcome of corporate prayers. What happens when God’s people pray? We will find in scriptures how an individual Christian became God’s agent to mobilize crowds and how He used ugly circumstances to rouse them to pray. This study is meant to urge us to more corporate prayers.
Part One: Effects of past corporate prayers.
1. Read Acts 12:1-9; Nehemiah 8:1-9. Highlight and discuss the nature of divine intervention-revival, healing, deliverance-that attended their corporate prayers.
Part Two: Likely results of corporate prayers today.
2. Read Deut 32:30; II Chron. 7:12-14; Matt 18:18-20 and discuss how these biblical principles assure us of great results from corporate prayers today.
Part Three: Challenges to corporate prayers.
3. Name and discuss possible challenges to corporate prayers, II Chron. 7:14; Psa. 66:18; Matt 18:18-20; James 4:1-3.
4. Why must we encourage and promote corporate prayers?
God has respect for the prayers of individuals and equally for corporate prayers. A three-pronged fork is not easily broken (Eccl 4:9). Cell and church/congregation prayers need therefore be encouraged for the healing of the land. “If my people” (II Chron. 7:14).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
When we stay and work together as Christian, there is no enemy who can defeat us.