My first experience with seeing a large group of people praying for a common issue was in a country church at about 6 years old. They were all farmers and they had been in a drought with no rain. They were in danger of losing their crops and source of income for the year.
We knew these people well. My dad was their bivocational pastor. Every week one of the families would have us over for lunch and sometimes dinner. I wanted it to rain for them.
Weeks went by with no rain. But they prayed continually and with such passion. They had such faith and confidence that God would answer and provide. They were thanking him for answering their prayer with not a cloud in the sky.
Here is the verse they were continually referencing. 2 Chronicles 7: 14 KJV
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I was worried. I cared. These were really good people. I wanted it to rain. I began to worry.
Then it began to sprinkle. Then a light downpour. Then heavier steady rain that saved the crops and my friends livelihood.
God had answered in a big way. Right on time.
And I rejoiced with them and I danced in the rain.
This first experience with a group of people praying for people I knew had a lasting impression on me. It taught me the value of praying as a group for each other.