It is Good to Gather

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“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my Name, there I am with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

In this passage, Jesus points out the power that is present when two or three believers come together in prayer.  God hears the hearts of His children as we press in, united in prayer.  As we stand in agreement, He is with us, and He is faithful to answer what His followers are asking.

Though it is good and necessary to spend time on our own in study, praise and prayer, it is also important to be involved in a body of believers.  Having a person or two whom we trust and are in a similar space in our faith with, provides accountability and access to put our faith in action.

Where two or three are gathered, there is opportunity to discuss and process a shared experience in His presence.  Sometimes, that which He speaks, or how He comes in power, is beyond our ability to hold or hear on our own.  When another is present, each can help the other recount and remember His  faithfulness to answer from the time together.

God created us to be relational.  We are not meant to walk alone.  When one falls down, the other is there to pick them back up.  Yes, He is always with us, yet He knows our need for the tangible too.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created us to be in relationship with You and with one another.  Forgive us for trying to go out on our own, rather than connecting with common heart and purpose in prayer with another in You.  Lead us to trustworthy trios and pairings as we gather to call on Your Name.  Teach us to balance our individual time with You, and our time spent corporately as a body of believers.  Grant us wisdom, I pray.  May our purpose and prayers presented to You lead the lost to a lasting relationship with You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

4 Comments

  1. Shannon,
    Thank you for writing about the need for corporate and small group prayer with a few other firm believers. I must agree with you. Praying with and fellowshipping with a few other believers has made a powerful impact on my walk with the Lord. I belong to a group with three other guys and we meet together once each week to study and pray and share our lives with each other. We are studying “Experiencing God”. It is a wonderful series and my group is invaluable to me. We talk freely and hold each other accountable and love each other. One thing I love about the group is that each of us is at a different place in our walk. You are absolutely right. We are made to be relational, with Christ and with others. I know a bunch of folks who are saved, but are going it alone, trying to deal with things by themselves instead of reaching out. God bless you, Shannon, and thank you so much for sharing this scripture, these valuable principles and reminders.

    • Thank you, Steven. Having a few trusted sisters-in-Christ has made all the difference for me. Being a very private and guarded person, it is good to have a trust few that I am safe to share with. May He continue to bless all who gather in His Name!

  2. I love that line, “God created us to be relational.” One of the biggest thing that God has taught me this year is our need for each other.

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