Solomon had some serious confidence in God. Check it out in 2 Chronicles 6:26-31. He's pretty confident that life won't be easy for God's people, so he doesn't wait around; he brings the issues before God.
Then what? He recognises the need for God's people to bring everything before God together. 'When a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel' (1 Kings 8:38 NIV). And he trusts that God will keep them close, so that they can '...fear you and walk in obedience to you' (2 Chronicles 6:31 NIV)). Quite a nice little pray-obey-pray cycle there. See, God wants us to rally together with other Christians and pray. Does it grab God's attention and remind Him to 'lift up a shield' (Isaiah 59:19) for you? Possibly not (God is not forgetful). But how much stronger and life-impacting can faith be when we remember we're not alone?
Prayer solidifies a higher-than-just-church friendship bond: regardless of what you're praying for, it's been a fact through the ages that 'He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty' (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). So, when we dwell in that prayer-place at the same time as others, we're drawn together under God's protective shadow. Praying together keeps you vulnerable to each other and protected by God, and your faith is stronger when shared.
So what now? If your church runs a regular prayer meeting (the chances are good), go along. If there's not one, start one. There's always something to pray about - whether it's thanks, or prayer in a time of need.
Soulfood : Heb 5-8, Luke 10:1-12, Ps 5, Prov 5:1-2