It has been my experience that prayer works. I have often watched those being supplicated for recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of being. Since I believe that an invocation works, I cannot help but put faith into the power of shared prayer. When we come together with a singleness of purpose and offer our energy towards a common goal, the impact is amazing. I have had several instances where this phenomenon has been undoubtedly proven.
When I was thirteen, I began to attend a prayer circle in my area. The group was comprised of mostly older women. All of them had been attending regularly for years. Once a month they came together, ate, laughed and prayed. Instantly I was taken with their fellowship and dedication. Though I was not sure that I was a believer, I enjoyed being a part of the group. Each month I watched them go around the circle and pray for their families, the world and each other. Over time, I listened to them tell of how the requests were answered. This was the beginning of my spiritual awakening. Slowly I began to believe that the actions we took made a difference.
My first personal experience with the power of shared prayer was going on a vision quest. A vision Quest is a Native American ceremony the centers on fasting and praying. You are put out on the “hill” without food or water in an attempt to gain clarity. The purpose is to talk to god without any distractions. As part of this process, you ask people to support you. They will eat and drink for you to help ease the discomfort. I was not certain that I would not want for food or drink when I asked for support. I did not understand how it would work or why. I simply did what worked for others.
The sensation that I got when I went out on the hill my first year was profound. I felt those that were praying for me. I was never hungry or thirsty. During that day and night I felt a connection with everyone involved in the ceremony. The nutrition they sent me had been received even though I could not explain how. At the base of the hill were about fifteen people. They were supporting myself and the others that had gone to quest. When I was brought down, I was taken with the absolute belief that shared prayer was by far the most powerful tool we have at our disposal.