When Two Agree
Lyndia Grant | 12/1/2011, 1:39 p.m.
"Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 18:19). The fact that this promise has criteria and requirements that also apply to prayer is nicely avoided by many. "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend [it] on your pleasures." (James 4:3). How many times have you and a church friend prayed together and said, "Let's touch and agree" yet your prayer never materialized, nothing's happening? If we would pray as we ought, in accordance with all the Bible teaches on prayer, we would not just pray on the basis of one isolated text.
Each week, I've asked the Lord for a word to go out to the people, so that lives can change. This week, "When Two Agree" popped up, I knew He was reminding us, that we're all in this thing together. Each of us needs somebody else to talk with, to pray with, someone who can agree in prayer that God will heal your body; somebody to believe with you that you will get the job you seek, or the husband or wife you would love to experience. You've prayed for someone to agree, for example, pastors are suffering lower membership all across the country, therefore, pastors must agree with one another in prayer that God will heal their church, heal their land, heal their homes, and so on, and so on. There's so much we can pray about, and God does hear our individual prayers, but like the Scripture in Matthew says: "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven."
One key word in this Scripture I must point out to you is "two of you agree" - this includes lifestyle, like minds, like behaviors. Be careful who the person is, with whom you will pray. Is that person saved? Do they at least try to please God? Are they trying to live by His commandments?
None of us are perfect, and those who consider themselves perfectionists, are setting themselves up for failure. The Bible tells us we are all sinners, and the only perfect man that lived among us was Jesus. So, because we all sin, just try to pray with someone who has a conscience and loves the Lord. That is a person with whom you can pray and agree, and the Lord will hear your prayers.
There are many verses which speak to this truth but understand this in light of all Scripture. Let Scripture interpret Scripture, that way you can't go wrong. It is clear from these verses that it is not the fact that any two people agreeing binds God or two people asking Jesus for something automatically means you get it. One needs to ask according to His will and in His Name.