What happens when your church members participate in the largest ever empirical study on Partnered Prayer?
‘Anything they ask for will be done by my Father’ (Matt. 18:19)
Prayer is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of the Christian, but one of the least practiced. The practice of prayer is a spiritual discipline and as with any discipline, it takes…discipline.
sermon.net, in association with husband and wife SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt, co-founders of Pray Together Stay Together™ a Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion, are asking pastors to encourage their church members to join in prayer with a partner over 40 days and agree to take a survey at the beginning of the 40 day period and at the end.
The partners can be married couples (naturally) as well as co-workers or friends. The key is to meet, either in person or virtually, and pray. No specific time required, but the couple must create a plan and stick to it to see actual change happen.
We’ll begin to share more about this over the next few months as this study is a 5-year plan.
The goal is to see 10,000 couples start and FINISH the 40-day prayer plan.
So Why should your church consider being a part of this?
Early Gallup/Baylor data suggests that married couples who pray together often:
- Fear of Divorce Evaporates
- Communication Expands
- Arguments Dwindle
- Respect Rises
- Romance Escalates
Family or Friends who engage in consistent Partnered Prayer:
- Create Unimaginable Harmony
- Become Mutual Encouragers
- Fortify Against Fear
- Eliminate Aloneness
- Are Reciprocal Faith-Builders
Taking a few moments to pray together…in person, on the phone, or texting…lifts a veil between here and heaven, inviting God’s attention to become more focused directly onto you.
Additionally, your very participation in the first-ever empirical study about daily partnered prayer, in association with Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion, will contribute to a body of research that is literally groundbreaking, helping generations that follow!
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt. 18:19-20