Daily D – Matthew 18:19-20
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.
MATTHEW 18:19-20 (CSB)
“Use all the brains you’ve got and all you can borrow,” we have been told. This is good advice. Similarly, two or three people praying together seeking God’s will and determined to do what he says is also good practice.
There are some things that God in his sovereignty does only in response to prayer. Prayerless disciples are powerless disciples. Followers of Jesus who refuse to connect with other followers are weaker than they could be in communion with those who likewise seek to know and experience God.
Several times this week I have been able to pray with leaders who are honestly, sincerely seeking to honor God and to serve others. The richness of those moments was such a reward. Praying with people who know how to pray, who take it seriously, provides many teachable moments. I love reading books about prayer. However, I learn how to pray better by praying with people who are deeply prayerful.
One of those books on prayer I read years ago says that God has a room full of answers for each of us. Some of our rooms are full. They are full because we never asked for what we or others needed. I am not sure how literally true this idea is, but it is certainly accurate in sentiment.
My physical therapy for the last couple of weeks has consisted of making slow laps around our neighborhood. Apparently, my pace is so slow that my Apple Watch is not recording my walks as actual exercise. Even so, walking our neighborhood makes me thankful for where we live and what we get to do and the people we get to do it with.
Those walks also remind me of the families and individuals who live around us and their special needs. It is a delight to seek God’s best for them.
Praying with the aforementioned leaders this week was humbling and empowering. At least one big Yes has come out of our prayer time together across the country via Zoom. One of those prayers was answered so quickly that I was surprised. I should be beyond surprise at this point, shouldn’t I? Jesus said when we come together in his name, meaning that we come together to seek his will and are ready to do what he says, that it will be done.
Who will you pray with today? What do you want God to do for you that helps people know and experience him? What will you pray for that will bring Jesus into the equation and provide his Yes and Amen?
I will pray with those who know how to pray and who seek God’s highest and best in all things at all times.
Our Father, thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank you for giving us prayerful companions who help us pray with authenticity and accuracy. Thank you for answering our prayers better than we pray them. Teach us to pray. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.