Praying Through the Bible #112
TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.”
In this mini-series, looking at three verses that are part of a prophetic passage about what will happen during the coming reign of Jesus Christ on earth. This passage was of particular encouragement to the Jewish people at the time it was given because their nation had been devastated by war and much of it was in ruins. Jerusalem, at that time, was not a place where many people were eager to go. However, the Bible tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. One day, all of those prayers will be answered when Jesus Christ brings about peace, not only in Jerusalem, but across the entire globe. Then, all people will be eager to go to Jerusalem to pray to Immanuel reigning as “God with us.”
In part 1 of this mini-series, we saw that we ought to be excited about prayer. Our passage states, “It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities… saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord.” When we think about the benefits and blessings that we gain through prayer, it ought to make us excited and eager to pray.
Last week, we saw that we ought to encourage others to pray. The people of the Millennial era are not only concerned about their own prayer lives, but they are concerned about the prayer lives of others. They say, “Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord…” These believers want others to experience the blessings and benefits of a prayerful life. You may not feel like you are a giant of the faith or a giant in prayer, but that should not hinder you from inviting and encouraging others to pray. Whoever you are and whatever situation you are in, you ought to be excited about prayer, and you ought to be encouraging others to pray.
Today, we are going to look at how we ought to engage in prayer with others. Not only should we encourage others to pray, but we should take the time to pray with them. The Bible tells us in Zechariah 8:21-22 that in the Millennial Kingdom, “And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.” People from all walks of life will gather in Jerusalem to pray before the Lord.
Today, we ought to be engaged in communal prayer as well. You ought to pray with your family every day. You ought to make it your business to attend your church’s mid-week prayer meeting so that you can pray with and for others and so others can pray with and for you. Charles Finney said, “Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.”
First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another…” One of the ways we can comfort the hearts of others who are going through difficult times is by praying with them. One of the ways we can strengthen others in the faith and be strengthened ourselves is by praying with them and letting others pray for us.
What would the church look like today if we had more people genuinely praying for each other? What would the church look like if people started getting together to do nothing but pray for and with each other? Would we see revival? Would we see more souls saved and more lives changed? I believe so. A.T. Pierson said, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” Just imagine what would happen if we all engaged in united prayer with and for one another.
In closing, even though we do not live in that golden age when Christ will rule on Earth and when Satan’s influence will be removed for a thousand years, we can still emulate the spirit of those future believers in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done; on earth, as it is in heaven.” Right now, we can be excited about prayer, we can encourage others to pray, and we can get engaged in prayer with and for those whom God has placed in our lives.