We have been talking a lot lately about breakthrough prayer especially as it relates to us as individuals. This focus is changing the way we approach God with more confidence and expectancy. I find myself reminding Jesus that he promised me that he would do greater things through me as his follower than he did during his earthly ministry. I am committed to keeping myself in right standing with God daily so that my prayers will be powerful and effective. I have been encouraged to persist in prayer believing that God will answer in the best way. And I regularly surrender myself to the Holy Spirit in me and let him assist me in my praying. All of these aspects are fuelling me to go to God and ask him to do over and above anything I could ever ask. I know that a number of you are experiencing this same passion for prayer in your own lives. Take a moment to think about one thing that has changed recently in the way you approach God.
Today I want to touch on a dynamic of prayer that I think is often overlooked and unused, something that will further expand your capacity to believe for greater things from God than you already are. It is the practice of praying with one or more people in agreement. While you can develop a personal prayer life that brings deep transformation to your life and increased faith to believe for miraculous intervention, praying with others adds another layer to the possibilities. Jesus says this:
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19,20
This Sunday I am going to dig deeper into what this means for you and me. To prepare yourself over the next few days I’d like you to ask yourself these questions:
How can Jesus be sure that we will ask for the right things?
What is the significance of having a least two people being in agreement in prayer?
What does it mean to come together in Jesus’ name?
What advantages do we have in praying when Jesus is with us?
As you consider your answers be sure to invite the Holy Spirit to bring insights to your mind. You will be amazed at how much understanding you receive from God when you take the time to meditate on his word.
I’m looking forward to meeting with you again in a few days to spend time together worshipping in music, prayer and the word and witnessing the Holy Spirit working among us. Come expecting to meet with God and he will not disappoint.