Are you part of a small prayer group? Does it discourage you that your group is small?
Our human thinking tells us that bigger is better — especially when it comes to accomplishing goals. We tend to equate larger numbers with more success, more effectiveness. But when it comes to the kingdom of God this is not always the case. The amount of power or answers to prayer does not automatically increase proportionally with the number of people who attend your prayer group.
Perhaps Jesus wanted to encourage us away from the big-is-better idea when He said in Matthew 18:19, 20, “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father Who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of them.”
The prayer group we lead is small, with current average attendance being about six of us. We’ve had as many as twelve at one time, but we’ve also gone as low as three some weeks. The most glorious times in God’s Presence, with the greatest sense of having accomplished much in intercession, have actually taken place when there were only a very few of us.
If how many attend isn’t the most important factor in receiving answers, then what is?
Unity — Sometimes it is easier to have common vision and agreement in smaller groups. Unity with the Spirit and with each other is a vital part of receiving the answers we seek.
When Jesus said, “If two of you shall agree on earth,” He was not referring to a half-hearted assent or tolerance of what each other are praying. He was talking about entire oneness of purpose, hearts joining together in faith for what we know is the will of the Father.
Part of achieving unity with each other is coming to a place where we are bonded with each other in love. That tends to happen more easily in smaller groups. Unity is the most important component of effective group prayer.
Attitude — Coming together with an expectancy that we will indeed hear the Lord and receive His answers to our petitions is also vital. A small group of prayer warriors who are committed to doing big business with God when they gather will be effective in changing the circumstances they pray into.
Prophetic Connection — Praying by revelation of the Holy Spirit is also a key factor. However, as much as I value praying according to what we hear from the Lord, that doesn’t mean that only those who are acutely prophetic can receive answers.
God is not impressed with how highly gifted we are in tapping into spiritual revelation. After all, He is the one who distributes revelatory gifts in the first place, so we can’t use what we are gifted in as a merit badge. He does not listen more intently to the highly prophetic person than He does to the brother or sister who less able to hear and see clearly in the spirit realm.
Sometimes people get prideful about how good they are at praying by revelation. They look down their noses at those who are less spiritually perceptive. We can’t do that. Maintaining a humble, fervent heart is more important than getting every last iota of what we pray correct. God sees our earnestness of heart, and He makes up for any deficiencies in our ability to pray correctly.
So, don’t be discouraged if your prayer group is small. God will unite your prayers with those of thousands of other small groups of intercessors across the nation and the world. You please Him by your faithfulness, and He will send you mighty answers as you stick with it.