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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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.