ep. 51 on praying together

Megan Hill

ep. 51 | Praying Together with Megan Hill

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Megan Hill about praying together. We talked about everything from the role of the Trinity in our prayer lives to why it’s important that we gather together with other believers to pray. Megan said, “When we pray with other people, these prayers are all gathered together before the throne and then God collects these prayers and then pours them out over the earth to accomplish his purposes.” I think it’s safe to say that you will definitely want to link arms with other believers to pray together however you can in the season that you’re in after listening to this episode!

So you’ll know her a little better, Megan is a pastor’s wife living in Massachusetts and an editor at The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches (Crossway/TGC). For those of you who are attending TGCW18, Megan will be presenting a workshop about the church, “Worshiper, Worker, Sister, Saint”! I can’t wait for you guys to hear from her today!

  1. What does prayer express?

  2. How do we relate to God through prayer?

  3. Does the Christian pray alone? Who is he praying with?

  4. What role does the Trinity play in our prayer lives?

  5. How did Jesus instruct God's people to pray?

  6. Where do we see God's command to pray together? What will happen when we do?

  7. What is the goal of praying together?

  8. What, or who, unites us in prayer?

  9. What would it look like for us to do as Ephesians 6 says and pray together at all times?

  10. Where are our prayers heading/going?

  11. What are we placing our faith in when we pray? What would it look like to pray in faith?

  12. Generally speaking, why don't we value corporate prayer? Why do we struggle with praying together?

  13. What are some practical tips for prioritizing corporate prayer in busy/demanding seasons?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 resources for those of us who want to grow in their practice of corporate prayer?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Prayer is one of our greatest gifts that the Lord has given us. Not only has the Lord commanded us to pray, but he welcomes our prayers."

"When we are praying, the believer is coming before the throne of God. We are bringing our requests, our desires, the things that we want, the things that we need, the things we are longing for, and we are bringing them before the Lord and he promises to hear us."

"When you’re praying you’re not even really praying by yourself because the Spirit is helping you,  and Jesus is helping you and the Father is listening to you. So we are entering into this great communication with the trinity when we pray."

"All the persons of the trinity are involved in our prayer."

"It’s so easy to think of yourself as alone when you’re praying… but it is not a lonely activity."

“It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer than that I really desire what I pray for.” - Heidelberg Catechism  

"God uses people to do his holy will so we pray so we can participate in what God is doing."

"Sometimes we have a misconception that praying with other people is a petition that we are trying to get enough signatures on. It’s not that somehow the Lord changes his mind when more people pray, but he does attach great blessing when God’s people come together."

"When we pray with other people, these prayers are all gathered together before the throne and then God collects these prayers and then pours them out over the earth to accomplish his purposes."

"What is the goal of believers getting together to pray? The glory of God. That God would be exalted, that Christ would be exalted in our midst." 

"Praying together helps us to love each other too because we are bearing each other’s burdens. It deepens our affection for one another as well."

"When we are praying together, we are all looking to Jesus who is outside of us. Each one of us is looking for what does Christ want, and each of us then is brought into unity because we all want what Christ wants. We are all trying to want what Christ wants and that is what will synchronize us." 

"So often what we are praying is what Jesus prayed, ‘not my will but yours be done.’ If Jesus himself prayed that, it’s not beneath us to pray that way either."

"The Lord’s will is perfect and he will give what’s best."

"Snatching every opportunity for prayer."

"The habit of praying with people reinforces that it is not about what we can see. There are other things going on in this world that we cannot see. We are spiritual creatures and and there is a spiritual aspect to the world." 

"Our faith is not in an outcome, our faith is in the One who works all things out to his glory." 

"I think people are uncomfortable and praying out loud can be uncomfortable. It requires more of us to pray together. It requires sacrifice, which can be a blessing. We’ve all sacrificed something to be there, so the sacrifice is part of the benefit."

"When we gather with other people to pray, our prayer would consist of everything that it would when praying personally: that we would adore God, praise God, thank him, confess our sins, and bring requests."

"It is a huge privilege that we are the gathered church of God and we are praying. We are all joining our hearts to that prayer."

 

MEGAN'S RESOURCES

The Bible

Believers who are ahead of you in life

Local Church

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pray With Your Eyes Open: Looking at God, Ourselves, and Our Prayers by Richard Pratt

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches by Megan Hill

 

MEGAN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Baking cookies

Porch swing

Monday adventures with her husband

 

CONNECT WITH MEGAN


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

ModCloth is a fun, friendly spot for style that’s as expressive and unique as you! ModCloth’s signature label is designed by women for women, in a full-size range, from XXS to 4X. And if you have any questions about fit, their team of ModStylists can hook you up with complimentary sizing and styling help! In this season of life with weddings and many events happening, you have to check out the ModCloth Bridal Boutique—whether you’re a bride, a bridesmaid, or the very best-dressed guest. I recently got some shortalls and a new romper, which I am loving! I will be rocking these all summer long! To get 15% off your purchase of $100 or more, go to Modcloth.com and enter code "HUNTER" at checkout. Hurry this offer expires on August 4th, 2018. So for 15% off your purchase of $100 or more, go to Modcloth.com and enter code "HUNTER" at checkout before August 4th!


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. You can choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family meal plans, so you can get the one that fits your family’s needs. You can feel confident cooking creative new meals with the simple recipes outlined on pictured, step-by-step instruction cards. The food is delivered right to your door in recyclable, insulated packaging. One of my favorite things about HelloFresh is that they organize and package each meal all together so I can simply put it in my refrigerator, then pull it out when I need to make dinner! There are many benefits to a subscription service with HelloFresh! Your account is so easy to manage with the ability to choose your delivery date to match your schedule and you can even pause deliveries for when you’re on vacation. For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit Hellofresh.com/journeywomen30 and enter “journeywomen30.”


FOR MORE EPISODES OF JOURNEYWOMEN:

SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe on iOS, go to the iTunes page and subscribe to the Journeywomen Podcast. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

WRITE A REVIEW

Writing a review on iTunes will help other women on their journeys to glorify God find and utilize the podcast as a resource.

FOLLOW JOURNEYWOMEN

Like/follow Journeywomen on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter for the latest updates.

SHARE

Talking with others about Journeywomen is the best way you can help! Our prayer is that Journeywomen will serve as a resource as you share conversations with women about glorifying God through their own spiritual journey.

 

* Affiliate links used are used where appropriate.
Thank you for supporting the products that support Journeywomen! *