“When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God…”
The Church was neither frightened nor intimidated when they heard about the threats of the Jewish leaders. Having no political influence or connections with friends in high office who can speak on their behalf, they simply took their case before God the judge of all the earth and relied upon Christ their representative before the highest court.
Their first response to these threats was to go immediately to God in prayer. It’s worth noting that the word “voices” in verse 24 is in the singular, which implies absolute unity. The Church literally spoke with one voice to God, united behind one purpose, the implication is that heaven heard one voice. The Church had no need for political power while they were passionately united in one heart and one mind before God.
Nothing is Impossible
Immense power is generated by the united purposeful actions of like-minded people, making nothing impossible to them. This was clearly demonstrated in building the tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:6 “The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” If God said such a thing is possible with those united in rebellion, how much more so with those united in obedience?
The Church was so tightly joined together in Christ and His purpose that even the building shook as a result of their united praying. The quality of their united praying generated so much power that heaven’s answer was swift; changing both the circumstances, and the people who were praying.
The Power of Unity in God’s Presence
When the Church stands united prayer the Lord is in the middle of it. Matthew 18:19-20“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
The reality of Christ with us when we pray as one person with one voice is astounding in its implications and possibilities. The operations of the Spirit are released through a unified faith aligned with the purposes of God. There are no excuses for local churches not to be experiencing the fullness of the Spirit in their prayer meetings.
United prayer obtains powerful answers. It has a contagious unifying effect transforming the culture of an entire church. Genuine unity in Holy Spirit empowered prayer meetings will call the Church to action; transforming the people, their families, their church, and their community. When local Churches join together with one voice in prayer and action; God will transform their cities, states, and eventually their nation.
Open the Heavens
United Prayer creates an open heaven over a Church. The commitment to pray and live together in unified obedience pushes back the powers of darkness. There comes a noticeable change in the atmosphere whenever that congregation assembles. Prayer and worship seems to flow easier under an open heaven. The spirit realm becomes more of a reality to the Church allowing God to move freely as He pleases.
Commit yourself to united prayer in your Church. It only takes two or three to change the dynamics of prayer with the Lord in the midst it. Expect great things to happen when you pray together. Seek God’s agenda for your church and your city. Be committed to the process, Be bold in the face of opposition, Be fearless in the face of threats, Be committed to seeking God under an open heaven, see Him answer miraculously, and Be Encouraged.