Praying with Other Believers


Praying with other believers is different than praying alone, and Scripture says it can be more powerful. In Acts 12, Peter had been arrested because he was in jail, and the believers were praying together for his deliverance in the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark. A servant girl named Rhoda heard a knocking on the door, and she saw Peter, who had miraculously escaped prison with the assistance of an angel. This was a direct answer to their prayer, but this servant girl was so shocked that God answered, that she left Peter standing there at the gate. The other believers said she was out of her mind, but they eventually went to check at the gate, and sure enough, Peter was standing there!

Everyone knows the Scripture: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Christ Himself says this in Matthew 18:20. James 5:16 says that we must pray for one another, so that we may be healed. This is praying out loud, because we are to confess our sins one to another to pray, and there is no way that we would hear the other person’s confession of their sins if they weren’t saying it out loud. In other words, we are commanded by God to pray aloud for each other, and we are promised to be heard when this happens.

So how is praying with others different than praying alone?

  • Praying alone is more personal, and you don’t have to think about other people listening to it.
  • You can cry, be angry, or show other emotion in your private prayers that might feel out of place in front of others.
  • Other people aren’t distracting you, so it is less likely to be pretentious.
  • On the other hand, it’s easier to focus on prayer without your mind drifting when you are praying with another believer.
  • Scripture commands both types of prayer, and I’ve sometimes not been able to get rid of a fog, a circumstance, or a sin without somebody else praying for me. In other words, after praying alone, I’m sometimes not released from a struggle that I’m having. This is when we need others to pray for us the most.

Praying with others has benefits that sometimes don’t come when you pray alone. What are some of the benefits of praying with others?

  • Other people have different insights than you do, and you can pray more effectively because of this.
  • Your shared love for the person you’re praying for deepens your prayer. You might begin to feel empathy where there was no empathy before.
  • You can bounce back and forth in your prayers, going deeper into one prayer request.
  • Your burden is lifted, and you have more joy. Scripture says that when we pray for each other, we are healed.
  • They can keep you accountable for sin.
  • You’re not usually as rushed when you pray with others, because you are putting time aside to pray.
  • You become aware of people’s prayer requests, and you experience spiritual joy when their prayers are answered through you.

How do you overcome the fear of praying aloud in front of others?

  • Realize that it’s a sin to care more about other people’s opinions than God’s. Fear of man brings a snare. (Proverbs 29:25)
  • God commands you to pray with others. Not praying with others is disobedience. (James 5:16)
  • When you stumble in your prayers in front of others, it is refreshing and sincere. People don’t care as much about that, as about the fact that you cared enough to pray with them.

Here is the prayer audio that will help you as you pray for others:

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14 Responses to “Praying with Other Believers”

  1. Melissa says:

    Praying aloud used to be an area that was uncomfortable for me. This has gotten easier the more I have done it and the more I have experienced the benefit of praying with others. God Bless!

    • Susan says:

      The more you pray out loud in front of other people, the more comfortable you will be with it. Most people need to just start doing it, instead of feeling intimidated because other people are listening to them.

  2. Alice Mills says:

    Prayer with others is vulnerable. However, I try to never promise to pray for people. I ask to do it right there and then. Just the other night after writing group, I was with a young man needing prayer in the back of a restaurant. He connected with Jesus and what a privilege it was to be present for that.

    • Susan says:

      I do the same thing. I try to pray with the person who needs prayer right away so that I don’t forget to pray for them. Plus, they feel better right away because they see that someone cares and is willing to share their burden.

  3. It takes a lot of practice to pray in front of others and to feel comfortable while doing it. But we can’t improve and grow more comfortable if we don’t ever do it! Thanks for the encouragement of this post. Corporate prayer feels as if it’s becoming a lost art in our society.

    • Susan says:

      Prayer meetings are usually the least attended meetings for church. I think it’s partly because people are uncomfortable with praying out loud.

  4. Amanda says:

    I used to be very uncomfortable praying aloud with anyone, including my husband. However, God started convicting me about that, and once my husband and I started obeying God and praying together instead of just individually, we started seeing such beautiful fruit! God created us for community.

  5. Praying with others definitely grows our faith. And it is very special to hear someone praying for your request.

  6. Erin says:

    During this catastrophic hurricane season we’re enduring, the act of praying with others has been on my mind now more than ever.

  7. Kristi says:

    I love hearing the prayers of others. It opens up new perspectives and is truly a blessing.

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