May 4, 2023

United in Prayer

Written by Tripp Prince

We are made for constant communion with God.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 4, 2023

They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. Acts 1:14, NLT

We as human beings long for connection. And not only do we seek to be known and to know others, but we are often searching out those who share our passions and pursuits. You can confirm this with a quick search on Facebook for the virtually endless number of hobby and affinity groups. Love dogs and want to know the best dog walking trails near your home? There’s a group for that. Can’t stand dogs and want to find a local hike that’s dog free? There’s a group for that as well!

When our personal passions are united to others, we create a deeper sense of meaning and unity in our shared joy. And while this may be true of dog walking, college football, or going to the gym, it is infinitely more important and true that we as followers of Christ deepen our life with him when it is shared with other believers. 

Do you have a rhythm of regular and meaningful connection with your brothers and sisters in Christ? 

When we look at Acts 1, we see a group of Christians who shared life together. Yet we must note that what bound and drew them to one another was not a hobby, nor was it a shared linguistic or cultural identity. No, regardless of where they came from or what had previously given them meaning and purpose, they were now singularly united by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer.”

It is easy to have friends, even Christian friends, with whom we spend time and make memories, yet fail to grow in our ability to have a shared prayer life. Instead, we most often view prayer as an entirely private and personalized affair. We may pray in the stillness or quiet of the morning, yet as soon as others come into the picture, our thoughts of prayer go out the window! However, we are made for constant communion with God, and if we are in communion with him in prayer, it is only natural that posture would continue and overflow into every part of our lives!

And so, focus today on ways you can grow and deepen your life of communal prayer, discovering afresh the joy of a shared life of communion with God and one another.


Father, help us as your sons and daughters to grow in our life of prayer, not only as individuals but as a family of faith. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Consider ways to incorporate prayer into your relationships in meaningful and life-giving ways.

Related Reading

Matthew 6:9–13; Philippians 4:6–7; Hebrews 4:16

Worship Resource

Hillsong Worship: The Lord’s Prayer


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