The Prayer of Agreement in Matthew 18:19 is a wonderful one and it is widely popular in Christian circles but before we talk about what it is, let’s talk about what it is not.
1) It is not a formula. A formula says: if I do these three things in this order and in this way I’m going to have predictable results. It’s not a scientific formula like 2 hydrogen and one oxygen makes water.
2) The prayer of agreement is not a way to manipulate God into doing things OUR way. You can say “I really want a BMW so if my mate agrees with me and we pray together for a BMW God will give it to me”. NOPE…that’s not how it goes!
I point these things out because I’ve heard that various Christian teachings come in and go out of style and the misuse of this one has certainly had its heyday. While the truth of God’s Word remains the same for all time, it is our tendency as human beings to slant and manipulate scriptures to our own purposes if we aren’t careful. I’ve misused scriptures myself and I have also experienced the sorry results when my prayers were met with failure: disappointment, discouragement and disbelief.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at the true power of this type of prayer. And you better believe that agreeing together for God’s purposes on the earth is very powerful! When two or more believers in Jesus Christ interlock their hearts into agreement with each other and with God for answers they have added a red bull, bounce off the wall, turbo boost type of energy to their prayers. Think about the power and effect of harmony among singing duet versus a soloist; a trio over a duet and a whole choir over a quartet.
The reason for this increased power is explained in the verse of scripture following Matthew 18:19. Verse 20 says; “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst. “The presence of Jesus is the important part. It’s actually the critical detail that everything else hangs on. That’s what produces the answers to prayer that we are looking for. If we ask for his input.
Suppose you are sitting in your living room with a fellow Christian getting ready to pray about something very important. Then Jesus walks into the room and you can both see him with your own two eyes. Would you just ignore him and come to your own agreement about the situation and pray? I wouldn’t. I would check with Jesus and find out what he thinks is the best outcome and then we both pray in agreement with him.
“Well Shanay if he’s not in the room how can I ask?” Of course he is in the room; he shows up when we gather in his name. That’s the promise he gives us in verse 20. But since we can’t see him with our natural eyes we often just skip the part about finding out what he wants and go right into agreement for whatever we want and then claim that this is going to come to pass based on our fulfillment of Matthew 18:19. (feel free to read that twice). Use the prayer properly and great things will happen.
Here’s a verse I really like:
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble…A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
What happens when two people come together in unity and prayer?
- Victory is Experienced (Exodus 17:12)
- Increased Power is Experienced (Deuteronomy 32:30)
- The Right Decisions are Made (Acts 1:24)
- The Holy Spirit is Ushered In (Acts 2:1-3)
- Ensure the Presence of Jesus (Matthew 18:20)
- Prayers are Answered (Matthew 18:19)
- Miracles Occur (Acts 3:1-9)
- Needs are Supplied (Acts 4:34-37)
- Brings Safety and Restoration (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
- They Help Each Other to Succeed (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
- They Conquer Their Enemies (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
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