In Ecclesiastes 4:9 it says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:”
This passage is referring to the observation of a man who has no sons or brothers with whom to share his accrued wealth. He labors without end and contentment. The passage proposes the merits of having a companion to share the workload and responsibility, as well as enjoy the fruit of the harvest.
I believe this scripture can be applied to prayer as well.
When my three kids were young, and I was overwhelmed, I’d throw a pity party for myself. I would think, Here I am praying for my husband and my children but who is praying for me??? I felt alone. I desperately wanted someone to pray with me and for me.
Once my daughter started school, I got involved with Moms in Prayer International. I met with a group of moms each week to pray for our children and their schools. We prayed for each other too, that we would be equipped to do the job we are called to as a mother and wife. These friends were exactly what I needed.
A few years ago, my husband and I started praying together. The change in our relationship, our home life, my ability to endure was noticeable. I was less weary in my day to day and less discouraged in my prayers. I got that extra oomph I needed. I also noticed answers to prayer came more quickly when we prayed together.
Now that I have seen the power of agreeing in prayer I am more likely to pray with others instead of taking notes of their needs and praying for them on my own. (Matthew 18:19)
God always hears our prayers, but there is something special that happens when we agree together and pray.
Dear Lord, I pray for ________________________________________. I know that they are going through a rough time right now. I pray that You will strengthen them and guide them during this time. Protect them and their family as they trust in Youfor_______________________________. Show me ways, in addition to prayer, that I can bless them...
For You and Your Child
Print out this Paper doll template on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper for you and your child. Fold the page in the dotted lines. Have your child color the doll to look like themselves. Once they're done, while still folded, cut along the lines of the doll, being sure not to cut on the fold at the hands and the feet. Open up the paper. Share with your child Matthew 18:19 and the benefits of praying with a parent or friend.
This post is Day 16 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.