Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NLT)
While private prayer is one of the many avenues that God graces the lives of believers, it is also vital to the health of the Body of Christ, his Church. When his people come together to pray, which is known as "corporate prayer," God listens. More than that, he not only listens, he responds to the humility, repentance, and honest supplication with an abundance of his Grace.
Here at First Church, we encourage all types of prayer. Of course, we pray as a group on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. We teach our children to pray during their separate services and activities. We also encourage all believers to pray during their private time alone with God, during their family worship at home, and at any other opportunity that they might have to converse with God.
The Bible reminds us that:
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)
Pray without ceasing... (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)