Many times, people come together in group prayer once a week and believe that is all they need. But is that what God says? 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 say; ”Pray without ceasing.”(KJV) Have you prepared your mind and heart to fellowship with God? Before coming together as a group, we must purify our hearts and clean our minds so that we are open to the spirit of God’s Word. James 1: 5 – 8 says; 5)”If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6)but when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7)That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord 8)he is a double minded man unstable in all he does.”(NIV) For this reason alone, we do not want to bring our unbelief (like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind) into a group prayer were the sole purpose is to agree together upon Gods Word.
Do you meditate on His Word day and night? Joshua 1: 8 says; ”Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”(NIV) We should ask ourselves daily “are we feeding ourselves with the Word of God” Do we know what the Word says about our lives?” We must be solid in the Word of God in order for a group to pray together on one accord.
We must individually renew our minds with the Word so that we know God’s will on the matter without a doubt. God’s will is to do what He promises in the Word. By meditating on the Word and letting it transform our hearts as we renew our mind in it, we prepare ourselves to pray in faith. James 5: 15 says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” (NIV) If we don’t know what the Word says, there is a good chance that doubt will enter, and if we doubt; we cannot expect to receive from God. So as we come together in group prayer, we must arm ourselves in the Word of God to be successful in our prayers. It is imperative that we have our personal prayer life in order. As we pray together, we have to be bold and on one accord; for there is NO room for doubt “for anyone” in the group. Everyone must agree and be on one accord, to bring in the spirit of God and to have the groups prayers answered. So, to answer the questions, “Does your Personal Prayer Life affect Group Prayer?” Yes… we need to be able to stand alone “SOLID” in our relationship with God and we must know the Word of God, so that we have something of substance to bring to the group prayer.