“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Matthew xviii.19
Apart from teaching his disciples to pray and granting them a hotline to heaven via prayer, Jesus assured them that their prayers would be answered. What better promise could Jesus offer to a group of unschooled men who were supposed to continue Jesus’ ministry on earth after his departure?
The twelve ordinary disciples, of all men, stood at the head of a new Israel just as the Twelve Patriarchs gave rise to ethnic Israel: “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (xix:28) They also were given power to excommunicate unrepentant and recalcitrant members of the church – “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (xviii:18) All of these grand privileges would work only if they remained ‘online’ with heaven through prayer.
As Christians, we too enjoy the same privileges as the Twelve with regard to prayer. However, we need to meet one condition that accompanies the promise: “if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done …” This ‘agreement’ is much than a superficial agreement about a given ‘prayer point.’ It is a deeper unity among those who pray–a unity founded on mutual forgiveness and love. Even at the cost of excommunicating a sinful and unrepentant member, the unity of the church has to be maintained.
This privilege of approaching the God who dwells in unapproachable light at any time or at any given place is one of the greatest privileges that we His children enjoy on earth. Do we love God enough to spend time with Him? Or, do we just approach Him during our times of trouble and need? Do we love Him for who He is and for what He has done for us or do we love just the goodies that we get from Him? Do we pray just for our little needs or do we pray about those things that are closest to the heart of God?
Let’s draw near to the throne of grace that we might enjoy the Presence of the Almighty Father. Of course, it is good to know that He will answer our united prayers concerning anything that we ask.