I have really enjoyed our teaching series on prayer, and it has been great to spend time focusing on fasting and praying this last week.

I could not get to the early prayer meeting every morning but enjoyed it very much when I did. There is something powerful about praying together with the same heart and spirit.

In Hebrews 10:24-25, we are reminded of the importance of being together:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, [25] not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

And in Matthew 18:19-20, we are told about the power of unity:

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. [20] For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

In recent years I have discovered how WhatsApp can really help in praying into difficult situations. It is sometimes hard to get together with friends if they are in different parts of the country or working with different schedules. When faced with tricky situations we have formed WhatsApp groups or been a part of them to pray for other people. There is a great sense of common purpose and spiritual strength, knowing that others are praying into the situation to bring hope and freedom.

A team is never fewer than two and usually it’s more than that. Whatever the number, we need each other. Your strengths compensate for my weaknesses and our gifts complement each other so you can lift my spirits and I can lift yours – ‘we’ is so much better than ‘me’!

You might have seen geese flying through the sky in a ‘V’ formation. They do this for a number of reasons. Scientists have shown that those flying in the slipstream have their range increased by 71% through the efforts of the ones in front. The lead goose obviously doesn’t have the benefit of anyone else’s help so when it feels tired it simply swaps with one of the others. The ones at the back make all the loud noises honking away to encourage the one at the front. If one goes off and out of formation it encounters strong resistance and finds it much more difficult to progress.

Working together is far more effective, so do get along to a Connect Group to pray with others, or join with one or two friends. Don’t be isolated. There is power in praying together – fly in formation or you won’t make it!