The American White Pelicans are gliding together over Pyramid Lake, NV. One pelican’s wings are up and the other’s are down, yet they are beautifully in sync. Two unique individuals fly in harmony even though they are not perfectly alike. Do you see the unity?
In the same way, when we get together with other believers to pray, our prayers do not have to be exactly alike. Actually, we are called to pray a variety of prayers.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
But, we can still be in agreement; we can be in sync.
Agreement will bring about our Heavenly Father’s consent and action!
Jesus said, “whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 GNT
One person may repent with tears, another may praise with joy and laughter, while another may use an instrument to cry out to God. Did you know that dance inspired by Holy Spirit can be prayer? Poems can be creative prayers of supplication as seen in the Psalms. Drawings and paintings can also express messages that release God’s presence and will. And all this may be done in sync.
Jesus teaches us to pray to our Father in heaven so that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven (see the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13). You can find out God’s will by drawing closer to Jesus and learning to hear and follow Holy Spirit, by studying the Bible, and by spending time with other believers. Praying prayers that contradict Biblical teachings are a waste of time.
Can God’s will be hindered?
Why are we taught to pray for God’s will if His will cannot be hindered?
Consider this: it is God’s will that you are forgiven for your sins. But, if you don’t repent and ask in faith believing in Jesus for forgiveness, will God’s will be done in your life?
Oppose those who oppose me, LORD, and fight those who fight against me! Psalm 35:1 GNT
Will you get help against your enemies if you don’t ask for help?
Are there some things that can be changed when you pray
and other things that can’t?
Until it was time for Jesus to be crucified, no man could stop him from his mission. One time a group of people tried to throw him off a cliff, but Jesus walked right through this crowd and escaped. See Luke 4:28-30. A teacher of the Law, Gamaliel, warned the Jewish Council that was questioning the apostles not to fight against God. See Acts 5:29-30. The apostles continued their mission of spreading the gospel.
When you pray in the power of Holy Spirit according to God’s will, you will always be in sync with those who pray in agreement with you. Your prayers will reach heaven and bring God’s will to earth. Allow your creativity to flow when you pray. Pray with artful words crafted into a poem or with a prophetic art piece. Dance or cry or laugh, as the Spirit leads. The important thing is to connect with God. Prayer can change you and the world around you.