“And I tell you once more that if two of you on earth agree in asking for anything it will be granted to you by my Heavenly Father. For wherever two or three people come together in my name, I am there, right among you!” (Matthew 18:19-20, Phillips).
It is important that people are of one mind, purpose when they come together to pray for something. They must have faith and not doubt. They must be of one accord. In Acts 4:24-30, the apostles came together and prayed to God in one accord. When they were finished, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness (English Standard Version). They agreed to pray and ask God to give them the boldness they needed to spread the Gospel and God answered their prayer.
When we come together in Jesus’ name or in a manner which He approves, He is there with us. We must be in harmony—not arguing about who is the greatest as the disciples did among themselves on one occasion or thinking about ourselves and ambitions like James and John when they wanted to sit on either side of Jesus. We must love one another as Christ commanded us. We must have the mind of Christ which consists of love, peace, obedience.
Jesus is the link between earth and heaven so when we come together in His name, we are using the name which gives us the authority to do what we must on earth and what will be accepted in heaven. It was in the name of Jesus that the disciples came together and were filled with the Holy Spirit, giving them the courage they needed to carry out Jesus’ great commission.
We have Jesus’ assurance that He will be with us. We are not alone. He is always present. He said so before He parted from His disciples. (Matthew 28:20).
Jesus taught us what effective prayer is. It must not only be offered in faith but it must be persistent. Don’t be discouraged when an answer does not come when you expect. Keep asking, seeking and knocking until the door is opened to you. My fiance once prayed for a family. This was in 2003. Three years later God answered his prayer. During the three years, my fiance did not give up. He prayed everyday. He asked in faith and persistence and it was given to him. Sometimes answers to our prayers are delayed because God has to work on other things in order to make our plans come true (Genesis 39:20-41). Sometimes our prayers are not answered because the things we ask amiss (James 4:3). And sometimes our prayers are answered right away (Genesis 24:15).
It is encouraging to know that whether it is one person praying or two or more, Jesus, our Intercessor is present and our prayer will be answered according to the Father’s will.