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The Prayer of Agreement - a Key to Receiving Answers to your Prayers.
If two of you agree about anything
The Nature of Prayer
The essence, or heart of prayer is relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. Prayer is where you talk with God, and where your Heavenly Father talks with you.
You were created to live in relationship with God, your Heavenly Father and to pray. Believe it or not, your spirit desires to pray and to be in relationship with God.
Prayer, to your spirit, is like the air we breath to stay alive. It is not a religious exercise but rather, it is a lifestyle. Prayer is the breath of God in your life that keeps your relationship and walk with God alive and fresh. It also keeps you in tune with Heaven and strengthens and arms you against strategies of the enemy.
The Holy Spirit in you is the Spirit of Prayer.
Prayer is one of the greatest adventures you can embark upon in life.
If two walk together and agree about anything
What Jesus taught about Prayer
When Jesus was walking on this earth, He taught a lot about prayer. He was a man of prayer and would often withdraw alone to spend time in prayer. Sometimes He would pray late into the night, waiting, listening to His Father and then living out of what He received from His time in prayer and communion with His Father.
Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, which He did, and in Matthew 18:19,20 He said this:-
'Again I say, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three gather in my Name, I am there with them.'
In essence, this is the 'Prayer of Agreement'. Jesus, in these verses, makes this incredible promise that if any two people on earth will agree about what they ask, it will be done for them.
The Prayer of Agreement is about two people praying together. It could be two members of a family, two friends, or a husband and wife - who agree to pray together 'in agreement' about the will of God concerning a situation they are praying for.
It is important that when you pray this way, that you both think and believe the same - that you are totally in agreement in heart and mind - believing God for the answer to your prayer.
When we agree together like this in this earthly realm, a power is released in the Heavenly realm to bring about the results we are seeking. Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we pray this way, in agreement.
Unity and Agreement
This theme of unity and agreement flows through the whole of the Bible. For example, Psalm 133:1,3 shows us - 'How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity ... for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore'.
Ask Together... Believing
Jesus taught that when two are praying and agreeing about a prayer request, they must ask together about the situation. So pray and agree together, that is, one or both of you can pray and also affirm and agree together that it shall be done according to the Word of God. When you pray according to the way Jesus said, He promised that it would be done for you by the Father who is in Heaven.
I have prayed this way many times with family members and friends and seen the answers for which we prayed, according to what Jesus said.
Recently a friend rang wanting me to pray with her regarding the life of her little baby nephew. He had been born with severe stomach issues and his little life hung in the balance. We spoke regarding what we were asking the Father to do in this situation and agreed we would pray and agree for total healing of this condition for this little boy. We prayed over the phone and agreed together according to Matthew 18:19,20 and believed that Father God had heard and answered out prayer. Each day this little boy defied all the odds and hung in there. Over time he grew stronger and stronger. It was initially thought he would be in hospital for a number of months, however he was released from hospital after only three weeks and allowed to go home with his parents. He continues to grow strong and healthy.
The Name of Jesus
When as few as two or three, gather together in Jesus' Name, Jesus said that He would be present there. So, when we gather together in the Name of Jesus and pray in agreement in His Name, in line with His Word and His will, He is present among us to bring it to pass.
There is great power in agreement. It is in agreement and unity that the power of God can be released in prayer, and wonderful, powerful answers to prayer will result.
There is great power to be realized and released when a husband and wife will pray this way, in agreement, for their family and the needs in their lives.
My Great-grandparents used to pray this way often, in agreement, according to the promise Jesus gave in Matthew 18:19,20. Three of their sons went off to fight in various battles in WW1 including the Battle of the Somme in France. Three sons returned home safely, My Grandfather always maintained that it was due to the prayers of his parents.
Believe that you will Receive the Answer to your Prayer
Let the Holy Spirit direct you when you pray, and pray 'the Prayer of Agreement' in faith, and believe that you will receive what you have asked Father God for, and God's mighty power will be made available to you.