11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
11 you also helping together in prayer for us,
The prayers of the Corinthians were part of how God delivered Paul and his team. They were “helping together” with Paul in his ministry by prayer. The words “helping together” is from a single Greek word that is composed of three words: with, under, work. The Corinthian church was under the burden of working together to serve the Lord.
that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf
Many people united in prayer for Paul’s team.
for the gift [deliverance from trouble through prayer] granted to us through many.
The “gift” here is the gift of prayer offered by others for Paul’s team. Those who prayed for this group shared in the results of their ministry.
Deliverance can come through united intercessory prayer.
God is responsive to prayer. Prayer deepened the relationship between Paul and the Corinthians. Christians should have no hesitation about asking fellow believers to pray for them. United prayer reaches out beyond our little world. The prayers of fellow saints are vital to a productive ministry.
Christians who pray are not idle spectators of what God is doing; they fully engage in ministry by interceding for ministries.