Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:19-20 (ESV)
That is a critically important word. What is a critically important word? “Gathered” is critically important word. Why is “gathered” such a critically important word? Think of the opposite of the word gathered. That would be scattered. That is correct. Do I want you to live a life that is gathered or scattered? I’m not sure what you mean. Should you live a life that is distant and scattered, and separate from others? Were you made to live on your own, by yourself, independent from others? Now, I am being to understand what you mean. Now, I am seeing where you are headed. What do I mean? Where I am headed. It has never been, nor will it ever be, your will for me to live my life, as one of your followers, off by myself, all alone, without a regular and consistent gathering together with fellow believers. How do I want you to gather? When do I want you to gather? For what purpose will you gather? What will I accomplish in and through you as you gather together with fellow believers? The answers to these questions will be quite lengthy. Go ahead, get started, I’m listening. You want me to gather in worship. You want me to gather in the hearing and proclaiming of your word. You want me to gather in prayer. You want me to gather in fellowship. You want me to gather in serving you. You are correct. There are many ways in which I want you to gather. Let’s talk more about gathering in prayer. That is our main topic for today.
Why do I want you to be gathered in prayer with others? You want me to be spurred and encouraged as I gather with others to pray. You want my prayer life to grow and develop as I gather with others to prayer. You want me to know how to pray according to your will, purposes, and plan as I gather with others to pray. You want me to powerfully sense your presence as you are in our midst as I gather with others to pray. You want my faith and trust in you to grow as I gather with others to pray. You want me to know that our Heavenly Father is hearing and answering our prayers as we gather to pray in your name. You need to say no more. You need to go now farther. I can wait no longer to say, “Yes, I want all these things for you.” “Yes, all these things will be true as you gather together to pray with others.” Will you gather together with others to pray prayers, in my name, to your Heavenly Father? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then your prayers will be heard and answered. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will gather with others to agree on and pray prayers to our Heavenly Father. Thank you for your promise to be in our midst as we pray. I know you will guide us as we pray. Thank you that our prayers will be heard and answered as we pray in your name. Amen
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