Is it necessary for the men in a prayer meeting to mention the same things in prayer?

Is it necessary for the men in a prayer meeting to mention the same things in prayer?

Suppose a believer comes to the Prayer Meeting with a heavy burden because of his wifes serious sickness. It could be disappointing or discouraging if only one brother helped carry this burden in public pray Generally, those who pray are sensitive to this and most will include this need in their prayers. The prayer meetings of the Jerusalem assembly on behalf of Peter (Acts 12:5) must have included repetitions of the same request. So does a prayer meeting before a gospel meeting or a ministry meeting.

It is, however, a great help to the prayer meeting when each brother comes with a specific burden on his heart. The burdens of some may overlap, but there are enough needs world-wide that the entire meeting could be spent profitably without the repetition of a single request. If we recognize that each brother who prays is praying on behalf of the entire assembly (Acts 4:24-31), and that an assembly prayer meeting has tremendous power to address global issues (1 Timothy 2:1-4), we would make better use of the opportunities a prayer meeting presents!

If we leave some matters for the prayers of others, we will show consideration for them and be able to join after their prayer in a more hearty "Amen."

D. Oliver