“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” - Matthew 18:19-20 (ESV)
In light of Harmony’s current emphasis on prayer and fasting, I was reading some different scriptures on the subject of prayer. I know and have read many scriptures about the importance of prayer in our personal, individual relationship with Jesus, but I wondered what the Bible had to say about corporate prayer. Like any true Bible scholar, I typed “scriptures about corporate prayer” into the Google search bar . The scripture listed above, Matthew 18:19-20, was the first scripture that came up. I’d like to share with you the study note that was listed in my study Bible for these two verses:
“Jesus looked ahead to a new day when he would be present with his followers not in body, but through his Holy Spirit. In the body of believers (the church), the sincere agreement of two people is more powerful than the superficial agreement of thousands, because Christ’s Holy Spirit is with them. Two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to God’s will, not their own; thus their requests will be granted.” (taken from NASB Life Application Study Bible)
Today, as we gathered for corporate prayer in our little chapel here at Harmony at 12:15pm, there were about 6 of us gathered together. Someone jokingly asked if anyone else was going to show up and David Burchfield, who was leading our session together, said, “hey, where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be also, right?” He was exactly right.
As we went on to pray together, I was brought to tears as I heard the prayers of my 6 brothers and sisters, each one so incredibly sincere. It was very evident that all of us being there together and being in an attitude of humility and reverence toward God had each one of us praying for God’s will, not our own.
If you would like to join in for one of these prayer sessions (I highly recommend it as a wonderful spiritual exercise), they take place Monday through Friday at 12:15pm and 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am and 5:30pm. Hope you will participate not only individually, but also corporately!