- From the New Testament, we know that whenever churches came together to worship God there was prayer involved in their worship.
- Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say ‘Amen’ at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?” (1 Corinthians 14:15-16)
- While Paul was addressing a problem that the Corinthians were having in this context of scripture, he nevertheless addresses them as a congregation and shows the importance of praying properly within the setting of the whole congregation being assembled together (see 1 Corinthians 11:18, 20; 14:23).
- They were to pray in a way that could be understood when the prayer was offered so that “Amen” could be said by those who heard the prayer.
- Furthermore, the Bible indicates that prayer in the assembly was to be led by the men of the congregation (1 Timothy 2:8; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-12).
- Does the church where you attend follow the pattern of prayer that the church of the Bible followed?