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"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."

Whenever individual members of the church gather together in prayer, even just two or three of them, Jesus says He is there with them. This does not mean, of course, that Jesus is not there when only one person comes before Him in prayer. Nor does it mean that a minimum of two or three must show up in order for Jesus to show up. Indeed, the idea of verse 20 is more that the gathering and agreement between the two or three is because of the presence of Jesus, not the cause of His presence.

Since it is Jesus who gathers us together for prayer, it means that Jesus values corporate prayer. Again, this does not mean that individual prayer is not valuable, for "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (James 5:16), but it does mean that it is important for Christians to pray together. The church is not made up of isolated individuals. The church, rather, is a body of believers and it works best as a coordinated body. If the prayer of one righteous man is powerful and effective, then it is difficult to see that the prayer of agreement between two or three or a thousand of them would not be even more powerful and effective.

Jesus says that if the two or three agree about anything, it will be done for them. This does not mean that the gathering grants them a blank check. Jesus has also told us, for example, that we must remain in Him and His words remain in us if anything is to be done for us (John 15:7). Prayer has more to do with remaining in Jesus and cooperating with the will of God than it does with trying to get whatever we want, no matter what that might be.

As a Christian, you are not alone. You are a member of a body of like-minded people joined together in Christ. Don't be afraid to make your cares and concerns known to your fellow believers. Don't be afraid to pray in agreement with them.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 15, 16, 17


2 Kings 15 -- Azariah, Jotham Kings of Judah; Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah Kings of Israel

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2 Kings 16 -- Ahaz Ruler over Judah; Damascus Falls; Ahaz Succeeded by Hezekiah

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2 Kings 17 -- Hoshea Last King of Israel; Northern Tribes Led into Captivity

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New Testament Reading
John 6:1-21


John 6 -- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand, Walks on Water; "I am the Resurrection"; Many Desert Jesus; Peter Confesses Christ

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Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Rise during the night and cry out.
        Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.
        Lift up your hands to him in prayer,
        pleading for your children,
        for in every street
        they are faint with hunger.
Insight
The people's suffering and sin should have brought them to the Lord, weeping for forgiveness. Only when sin breaks our hearts can God come to our rescue.
Challenge
Just feeling sorry about experiencing sin's consequences does not bring forgiveness. But if we cry out to God, he will forgive us.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
2 Kings 3:16,17  And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle, and your beasts.

The armies of the three kings were famishing for want of water: God was about to send it, and in these words the prophet announced the coming blessing. Here was a case of human helplessness: not a drop of water could all the valiant men procure from the skies or find in the wells of earth. Thus often the people of the Lord are at their wits' end; they see the vanity of the creature, and learn experimentally where their help is to be found. Still the people were to make a believing preparation for the divine blessing; they were to dig the trenches in which the precious liquid would be held. The church must by her varied agencies, efforts, and prayers, make herself ready to be blessed; she must make the pools, and the Lord will fill them. This must be done in faith, in the full assurance that the blessing is about to descend. By-and-by there was a singular bestowal of the needed boon. Not as in Elijah's case did the shower pour from the clouds, but in a silent and mysterious manner the pools were filled. The Lord has his own sovereign modes of action: he is not tied to manner and time as we are, but doeth as he pleases among the sons of men. It is ours thankfully to receive from him, and not to dictate to him. We must also notice the remarkable abundance of the supply--there was enough for the need of all. And so it is in the gospel blessing; all the wants of the congregation and of the entire church shall be met by the divine power in answer to prayer; and above all this, victory shall be speedily given to the armies of the Lord.

What am I doing for Jesus? What trenches am I digging? O Lord, make me ready to receive the blessing which thou art so willing to bestow.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Psalm 16:7  I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

Isaiah 9:6  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Proverbs 8:14  "Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Proverbs 3:5,6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. • In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 10:23  I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

Isaiah 30:21  Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

Proverbs 16:3  Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

Job 23:10  "But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Proverbs 20:24  Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?

Psalm 73:24  With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.

Psalm 48:14  For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

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