The Prayer of Agreement
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that
they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Matthew 18:19 NKJV
Let us begin by looking at the word cacophony, which is like a hodgepodge of sounds without any harmony. You may hear dogs barking, TVs playing, vehicles being driven on the road, people talking, and music playing simultaneously. However, with a symphony, it is the opposite. A symphony is a musical composition designed for a full orchestra, meaning there will be various instruments with a plethora of sounds. Still, all will play their parts to create a melodic sound of harmony. The ability to play, sing, or work in harmony suggests there must be a sense of agreement.
When two or more believers agree, powerful things can happen. Supernatural things can happen. Think about Paul and Silas, who were imprisoned, but they began to pray and sing around midnight. Scripture tells us that suddenly an earthquake shook the foundation and the prison walls, the doors came open, and their shackles “magically” fell off. This was no magic. This was a supernatural manifestation because of the power of prayer, specifically, the prayer of agreement (Acts 16:16-40 NLT).
Amos 3:3 asks, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” Have you ever taken the time to ponder how well the human body works? There are so many moving parts, some seen and some unseen, but each part works with the whole so that we can walk, talk, see, hear, breathe, and such. The power of unity is so vital that Jesus asserted that the Father would resolve whatever situation believers prayed about through the prayer of agreement.
We can learn from Paul and Silas’ imprisonment that the Bible chose to share what these two believers did in the face of a trial. Often, believers take their social cues from the media, nonbelievers, past negative experiences, or something else. I am sure that being beaten and thrown in jail for the sake of the gospel could not have been a pleasant experience. Also, they prayed to and praised God at midnight, and God acted on their behalf during what may have seemed like the darkest hour in their lives. In those tough times, we should not only get in agreement with another believer but also refocus and agree with the Word of God.
The prayer of agreement reminds us of the supernatural power made available to us through unity. When we pray corporately during our prayer services on Saturdays and before services on Sundays, we add our faith to the prayer points listed. We add our faith to the body of believers as we stand in the gap and cover the needs of one another. Psalm 103:20 reminds us that the angels excel in strength and perform God’s will as they hear His Word through our prayers. I encourage you to find a fellow believer who can pray in agreement with you when you need divine intervention. Pray aloud, and pray in the Spirit, but above all, be in harmony. When God hears this, you may count on Him to start moving mountains to grant your prayers.
What do you need today? For whom can you pray? What situation can you take to the throne of grace? Find another believer who will agree with you and begin to pray over that situation or for that person. Expect to see a supernatural movement because you have touched the heart of God.
Heavenly Father, I want to express my gratitude to You for the incredible power You have made available to us so that we may pray together. Because of this, I will make it a priority to pray in this manner with another believer whenever I am confronted with a difficult situation so that Your power can be activated. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Upcoming Connect 21 Events
- Prayer 201, Wednesday, Jan 11th via Zoom
- Saturday Morning Prayer (Jan 14th @ 9 am at The Way UMC – Latimer Hall)
- Sunday Morning Service (Jan 15th @ 10 am at River Ridge High School)