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Received this emessage from an international prayer champion:

"Thanking God for you and your leadership in prayer. I think it was at a prayer conference when you were leading a time of prayer and offhandedly mentioned how you prefer praying with others rather than alone. (I don't remember the exact wording!) God used that comment to expand my understanding of what it means to grow in prayer."

Of course, I was blessed to read how something the Spirit prompted me to say was a seed planted into the life of a Christ-focused prayer leader...

But, I was also reminded that prayer is never a spectator sport and, sometimes, best played-out with others.

I enjoy swimming in a pool. When I am the only person in the water, I can relax and focus my thoughts. The quiet or stillness inspires me to think, meditate, pray. Once in a while, it becomes a workout; an act of discipline.

I also enjoy, for very different reasons, swimming with others (especially grandkids!). Joyful noise. Teamwork. Challenge. Surprises.

Closet-prayer is an invitation to intimate conversation, experiencing private fellowship with the Lord.

Corporate prayer with cohorts (small groups) or with the congregation (larger gatherings) is an invitation to a multi-voice conversation. Listen to the Spirit speaking to you through others who are speaking to the Spirit...but not from a pool chair - Jump in and add your perspective or passion to the praises or petitions.

When you are prompted to pray ... ask if the invitation is to you alone or if you re meant to partner with others?

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