What if the Holy Ghost wrote you a blank cheque? A no holds barred, no limitations, open house offer. whatever you desire, granted. Period.
That is precisely what we find in the promise of Jesus in Matthew chapter 18:
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19 KJV)
Incredibly powerful, yet so seldom exercised!
But why, with a promise of such magnitude, do we not see the fruit of it as often as we’d expect?
Because agreement is far more than just stamping a lazy ‘amen’ to the end of someone else’s request.
The word ‘agree’ in the original Greek gives some insight to the nature of this atomic promise. It is the word sumphoneo, from which we get our English word, symphony. It speaks of collective voice and exquisite harmony. Not a discordant note to be heard.
If we read Jesus description of this mighty manner of prayer in this way it delivers the quality and gravity of what’s actually taking place…
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall make a symphony together on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19 KJV)
Is it any surprise therefore that arriving at such accord is rare? In honest confession, discovering oneness of this kind is difficult even in a believing marriage between man and wife, never mind across a congregation, much less universally among believers throughout the Body of Christ.
A symphony of heart playing in perfect unison with one untainted request.
In a recent prayer gathering in our home seven of us were praying together. As we ventured into the spirit a holy fire gripped our hearts with a fervency not of our own making.
Afterwards, numbers in that meeting asked the question, “Wow, what happened just now?” We all knew that something beyond our enthusiasm had kicked into play.
I asked the same question to Holy Ghost the following morning, and He gave me a word – “convergence”.
Convergence means to unite in a common focus, moving toward union whereby we become one in thought, word and deed.
Interestingly the medical definition of convergence is “…the movement of the two eyes so coordinated that the images of a single point fall on corresponding points of the two retinas."
This is precisely what happens when we converge in prayer – one vision is burned on the minds and hearts of all who are praying. All see the same thing, inspired by the same Spirit, and co-ordinate to call it it forth.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV)
In our prayer meeting mentioned above we ‘converged’ on a fervent request for God’s hand upon our children and their destinies.
We agreed, not just in word or principle, but at a heart level in the spirit, on a specific request, the answer to which we all believed had been granted by God’s Word and will.
The Bible describes this joining of hearts as being in “one accord”.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” (Acts 2:1 KJV)
“And they, continuing daily with one accord” (Acts 2:46 KJV)
“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24 KJV)
Another word related to convergence is confluence.
Confluence is a coming or flowing together, a meeting of two or more streams.
The joining of rivers—as at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers flow together spectacularly—was the original meaning of confluence, and in its later meanings we still hear a strong echo of the physical merging of waters. So today we can speak of a confluence of events, a confluence of interests, a confluence of cultures, and so on, from which something important often emerges.
Praying friends, when the streams of the heart come and flow together as one, spectacular things happen and things of importance emerge.
The Bible speaks vividly of the flow of Holy Ghost life being like a river from the heart:
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:” (John 7:38–39 KJV)
Nowhere does this river flow more freely than in Holy Spirit inspired prayer, and nowhere is it more powerful than in the synergy of united hearts fervently converging on one request. A confluence takes place that multiplies our influence in the heavenlies.
“And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” (Leviticus 26:8 KJV)
“How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight” (Deuteronomy 32:30 KJV)
Learning to Pray
I have been pondering the promise in Matthew for several weeks. The implications of learning to pray in this manner with others are so significant that they cannot be measured.
I for one am earnestly asking the Lord to teach me the secret of heart-level agreement with fellow believers.
I don’t think this is something easy to arrive at. If it were our agreements would be showering untold innumerable blessings upon the world.
For a body of believers to pray in this manner takes humility of heart beyond what we are accustomed to, and a concerted focus so centered on the word of God that it cannot be shaken by any vestige of doubt. It requires more than a meeting, it demands a merging!
It is a mingling of spirits, a confluence of living waters from the heart that rise from stream, to river, to a raging unstoppable flood of righteousness.
Wesley Duewel in his book, ‘Mighty Prevailing Prayer’, lists the following areas that must be agreed upon for successful results.
We must all be equally convinced of the will of God in respect to our request, and the corporate unity and sanctification of our hearts before God.
Participants must agree the following:
- Agree in the assessment of the need
- Agree in deep hunger for God’s answer
- Agree in giving God full liberty to work (His timing, method etc)
- Come into agreement in God’s will in the matter
- Agree in claiming the appropriate promises from God’s Word
- Agree in holy determination to see God’s answer realised.
- Agree in steps of obedience
- Agree in giving God all the glory
Some needs are simple, and this kind of prayer can be applied in conjunction with the prayer of faith, adding agreement to a one off request for a definite need to be met. At other times the agreement may require engaging in a prayer warfare together over a period of time, and through the exercise of many kinds of prayer and steps of obedience to secure the expected results. Prayer for national revival would be an example of this.
The prayer of agreement is a militant prayer strategy that routs every resistance.
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
I am used to asking, “Lord, teach me to pray."
But my new request, and one I want to share with a company of like hearted believers is…
Lord, teach us to pray!
It may require humbling. It may demand a laying down of individual agendas and ambitions. It will certainly call for a depth of relationship with God and praying partners that is far from comfortable to the flesh.
But, dear Jesus, we need a move of heaven on earth like never before, whatever the cost!
Can I get an, “amen”?