The Powerful Praying Church

Our Bible passage for today is found in 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. (20)For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (ESV‬‬)

The Bottom Line

Beginning in verse 15, Jesus starts instructing the disciples on how to deal with a sinning member of this new group of followers of Jesus.

As the verses progress, and after Jesus speaks of the binding, and loosening, of a sinful brother in Christ, Jesus moves immediately into teaching this new group about their prayer habits.

In essence, here’s what Jesus was saying: “Not only do you need to come together and deal with sinning church members, you, as a church, need to come together and pray. The same binding, and loosening,  power that I give you to deal with your sinning brother’s, or sister, I’ll give you when you come together and pray.

Whenever these new believers would come together in the name of the Jesus, He would be with them. And if two, or three, would agree together about anything it would be done for them by the Father in heaven.

Jesus was telling the disciples, that the Church, and its leadership, are given authority to carry out God’s will and to oppose the powers of evil (Ref. Matt 12:29–32).


Concerning the Praying Church, one commentator wrote:
“It is not merely that the church should be in union, in prayer, for the same thing — for that might be with very jarring ideas of the thing to be desired — but it is to symphonious prayer, the prayer by kindred spirits, members of one family, servants of one Lord, constrained by the same love, fighting under one banner, cheered by assurances of the same victory; a living and loving union, whose voices, in the divine ear, is as the sound of many waters. — Accordingly, what they ask for “on earth” is done for them, says Jesus, “of My Father which is in heaven.””

‼️ No Power can Override a Praying Church ‼️

May these words be an encouragement to the individual Church (you and me), to Join Together, and Call Upon the Name of The Lord, in Prayer.
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