Something About Prayer
“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 18:19-20 (NKJV)
People have taken the above scripture out of context and ran with it without a proper understanding of the full picture. What you get in such cases is disappointment which will end in frustration. We know that God will not just give you anything you ask for. It has to be according to His will.
1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
When you pray or praying in agreement with another, make sure that what you are asking God for is what He already wants to do and will do. Find out what His will is concerning the matter, then align your prayers according to that will. Prayer, although is you asking God for what you desire, however, God’s will must be done so it becomes a win-win situation; God wins, you win.
For example, if you are praying for someone who is sick, we know according to scriptures that it is God’s will that they are well. So, with that confidence, pray. Your prayer is ultimately agreeing with God for the healing He already intends to bring to pass in their life. Don’t stop praying until you either have peace or see the manifestation of that prayer.
One thing that is often left out or ignored in prayer is the concept of “watch to see”. When you pray, keep on watching until you see the manifestation.
1 Kings 18:41-44 (NKJV)
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” 44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”
Elijah already had a word from God about the abundance of rain coming to end the drought in Israel, but He did not just sit there waiting for the rain. He immediately went into prayer to birthed the fulfilment of that word. That should be our attitude as well when we receive a word from God concerning a thing.
But the interesting thing here was that Elijah asked his servant to “Go up now, look toward the sea”. He was clear on where to look. If you look at the wrong place, you might not see the manifestation of your prayers. What the prophet was looking for was a correlation between his prayers and the workings of God. And when the servant came back the seventh time to give a good report, Elijah knew the fulfilment has come.
This simple, yet an act of faith determines how long we should tarry for in the place of prayer. Make sure your prayer is according to God’s will, watch to see that it is fulfilled. In order words, keep on asking until you have seen it come to pass.
God bless you.