When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:19-20 (MSG)
Do you think it is a good idea to try to live the life of faith in me, all by yourself, as a solitary individual? Do you think that I made you to live out your life of faith, all alone, by yourself? Do you have all the strength you need? Do you need no encouragement from others? Do you need no one to spur you on in your faith? Do you have no need for wise and godly people to speak into your life? Can you see everything that you need to see? Can you make course corrections without receiving and insight from others? Even more importantly, do your prayers need no support and guidance and encouragement from others? Have you not heard, do you not understand, that whenever two or more come together in prayer in my name, I will be right there in their midst? Have you not felt my powerful presence as you gathered together with others in prayer? I can’t recall you ever asking me so many questions at one time. You must really want to drive home a point with me. What is my point? You want me to stop living a self-reliant life of faith. I know that those words should not even coexist in the same sentence. Somehow, I have largely allowed them to coexist in my life. I have been trying to live a solitary life of faith. You think? Yes, I am getting the message. That’s good.
So, what course corrections will you make? I will gather together with fellow believers in prayer. I will gather together with fellow believers in worship. I will gather together with fellow believers in studying your word. I will allow you to use others to speak into my life. I will listen carefully to you as I listen carefully to others that you bring into my life. I will give and receive encouragement to others as we live out our life of faith together with you. I will no longer live as a lone ranger. I will live out my life of faith in you, firmly rooted and grounded in your body of fellow believers, your church. I will know without a doubt that you are in our midst whenever two or more are gathered together in your name. That will be very good.
Lord, I know you want me to live the life of faith, I have in you, in close fellowship with others. It is not your intent or plan that I live as some sort of self-sufficient lone ranger. So, I will frequently gather together with others to make my prayers known to you. Amen
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