"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
There is no other blessing so invigorating as one bestowed by God in friendship. Friends can brighten a glorious day or bring us down to a lowly darkness that begs for shards of fleeting light. Whether it be from our own perils or theirs, there is a sense of unison and belonging when life's circumstances are shared and contemplated with a good companion.
Prayer walking can add a whole new dimension to an already existing friendship. On a quiet walk on the beach or a secluded spot around town, you can share life's joys and disgruntles by adding a bit of prayer to your discussions. It will take the onus of your own personal perspective and offer new relevance through the eyes of God. God honors joint prayer efforts. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Our prayers are more effective when they're echoed with a friend's agreement.
The New Testament offers the same principal. Jesus taught his disciples that "if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them" (Matthew 18:19-20). This promise has three components. First we have to come together. Second, the two or more prayers need to agree about the request. Third, the request should be made in Jesus' name.
Proverbs 27:17 says that as iron sharpens iron, so one friend can sharpen another. Prayer walking partners can help each other grow in prayer together. So how do you find a prayer walking partner? First look through your Rolodex in your mind. Are there any good friends willing to spend a Saturday morning or weekday evening for a leisurely walk? Are they prayer seekers like yourself? Do you feel comfortable praying together? If your list is low try the simple prayer below and God will send you someone out-of-the-blue when you least expect it.
I see how you sent your son a dozen disciples.
Many have trekked high and low with him bringing
Please bring me a prayer partner
I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.