Read Matthew 18:19-20
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."
• What does it mean to pray in unity?
• Why is unity among believers important?
• What does this verse mean: "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them"? (Please explain.)
We were created to live in community with our Lord and with one another. So, there is a beautiful union that takes place when God's people join together in a shared prayer. We have all been created as unique individuals with different talents and abilities, but we are also called to seek God. Our unity is rooted in our Creator. This common goal of growing in Christ is what brings such diversity together. As the Church grows in faith and understanding, we find common ground with one another as our desires become more and more focused on God's will.
So, if two people are in harmony with one another on a specific prayer request--essentially praying for the exact same thing--there is extreme power in their unity, and the faith, compassion, and commitment of these Christ-followers can move the hand of God.
While the Lord wants our daily, one-on-one time with Him to be a priority, there are definite moments when united group prayer should be our focus. For example, when my mother-in-law was involved in a head-on collision while driving on a windy mountain road, my family and friends quickly joined each other in prayer. We were most definitely in agreement, interceding for my mom's health, safety, and well-being. I've learned firsthand that powerful, focused prayers of agreement can result in miracles. Spend some time praying in unity with other believers.
Lord, Jesus, we have gathered to share our needs and to pray for loved ones. Thank you for hearing us. Amen.