A few days ago I was sitting in the living room, having my personal quiet time with God. My roommate walked unannounced and said, “Hey let’s pray for T______ and his team.” He wasn’t even part of either of our organizations; nevertheless we spent the next five minutes in prayer. At the end, I was not irritated in the least that he had disturbed my personal time with God. Rather, I thanked him. I felt a special synergy during our time interceding together. Believers are always called to have the greatest weight of their prayer in the secret place (Matt 6:6), but there’s a special dynamism that’s created when it’s done together consistently.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, 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, there am I with them.”
I could take a long time elaborating on how the church is called to make spiritual decrees, to bind principalities, and to shift the cultures of nations, but at this point it will suffice to note the biblical power of agreement in prayer. There is certainly a divine reason for putting the injunction to bind and loose next to the promise of his presence when two or three believers gather together.
(Cover photo: Pakistani believers pray together during a March 2019 conference.)