|We’ve all said it. But I think many of us would be guilty of not following through with this statement on at least one occasion. Instead of saying this, what if we prayed with them, right then? It might make you feel uncomfortable or awkward, but the truth is… praying out loud with someone else is one of the most undervalued practices in the church.
Here are 3 things that happen when we pray out loud.
1. Praying out loud increases others’ faith.
When you hear someone pray over you, their faith in God’s power builds your own faith because their words start to overshadow your circumstances. You think to yourself… they believe it can happen, so I can believe it too.
2. Praying out loud teaches others how to pray.
Although reading what Jesus teaches about prayer should be everyone’s first step, your words very well could be their catalyst to a deeper prayer life. Don’t assume they already know how to approach God in prayer and what to say in their given situation.
3. Praying out loud develops confidence in prayer.
As you pray out loud more often, you spend less time thinking about what you’re going to say, and more time listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance. There is a supernatural confidence that comes when God reveals a certain direction to take in prayer.
Over the last few years I’ve been more intentional about praying with my wife consistently. I can’t begin to describe how effective this has been in maintaining a healthy marriage. You’ve probably heard Pastor Bruce mention the statistic… The divorce rate for couples who pray together every day is 1 out of 1,156. If you’re not praying with your wife, I would encourage you to start. Today.
Scripture of the week – James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.