Mass prayer in church?

Here is the scripture which I believe refutes mass prayer:

“Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?

For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.”

(1 Corinthians 14:16-17)

The context is about someone speaking in tongues in a church meeting.

Others can’t understand what is being said so they are not edified and they can’t say ‘Amen’ to it.

Saying ‘Amen’ signifies agreement.

Jesus said if two or more agree concerning anything He will do it.

So, if there is mass prayer, everyone is praying at once, then, we can’t understand what others are praying so we can’t agree with their prayer.

This defeats the purpose of the church coming together to pray in agreement.

It is a confusion, and it is just as confusing as if the whole church was speaking in tongues at the same time.

So, let each person lead the church in a prayer, and the church listen thoughtfully and then, if they agree with the prayer, say ‘Amen’ in agreement, and then they have made the prayer their own prayer, and the whole assembly is praying in one accord, as one voice.

So, you have context, then, a principle from that context.

Conceptual thinking.

Many times people can’t apply principles because they don’t understand the concepts because they don’t think conceptually.

See Acts 4:24-31

24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?

26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’

27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together

28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. unquote

So, here vs 24 says they “raised their voice to God in one accord”, and yet, the prayer of one person is recorded, verbatim.

It means one person led them in this prayer and they all agreed with the prayer, in one accord.

To agree with a prayer means you have prayed that same prayer, because when you say Amen, it is also your prayer.

Of course, this won’t work in many churches today because if someone leads in prayer, many are not really listening intently to the prayer and making it their own prayer.

Not many would be interested in what is being prayed.

We can tell that by when we try to talk with nominal Christians, they barely listen or take note of what you say, their heart and mind is not there, it’s in their own world.

If the whole assembly were just passively listening to someone pray then the assembly would not be all praying in one accord.

Perhaps they might sit passively because they’ve never been taught the Biblical concept of agreeing together in prayer as one voice?

There is also the factor I have observed when mass prayer is done that many are just babbling anything because they feel they have to when it is mass prayer.

So, this breeds superficiality.

Anything done to please others or out of fear of not conforming breeds superficiality and a weak conscience.

One Response to “Mass prayer in church?”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    Here’s an example

    “But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.”

    1 Cor. 14:24


    “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.

    30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.

    31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.”

    1 Corinthians 14:29-31

    So, all prophesying does not mean all prophesying at once.

    Paul wants all to prophesy, but not all at the same time.

    On the subject of praying quietly so as to not disturb the meeting:

    “But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”

    1 Corinthians 14:28

    So, if someone wants to pray in tongues in church they must pray silently so as not to disturb the meeting. They can still pray in tongues, or in their own language, but quietly so as not to cause a commotion.

    I do this all the time.

    But if I started shouting out what I was praying while someone else was preaching or talking, it would be a commotion.

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