Agreement Prayers

In the time of his flesh, Jesus offered to the one who could save him from death, praying and begging with cries and tears, and he was heard for his reverence. “If two of you on earth agree on everything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV) These words of Jesus are among the main reasons why we gather as the Body of Christ, the Church, and are the basis of all our prayers with other faithful. Jesus promised that if at least “two” of his successors agree on all that will be asked in prayer, their Heavenly Father would do so. What makes this particularly remarkable is the association he makes with a senseless truth, that if two or more believers are gathered in his name – that is, at the same time in the same place where his name is raised – he will manifest his invisible presence in their midst! If every believer could understand this great reality, it would change their lives and their whole prospect of meeting with the Church! Remember, the true person of the Lord Jesus Christ comes in the presence of his successor. Although invisible, he is there, just as he was with Peter, James or John, available to touch life with his presence, his love and his power. The word “Agree” comes from the Greek word “SUMPHONEO”, which means to be harmonious or in accordance with the English words, the symphony and the concert. Thus, the prayer of concord can be considered as a prayer, uttered by more than one person at the same time for the same thing or agreed with it.

However, the idea that Jesus taught seems to involve more than prayer, but also the purpose and attitude of the people gathered. Similarly, the term “assembled” comes from the Greek words “SUN,” which refers to unity or completeness, and “AGO,” meaning to be collected or brought together. Combined with SUNAGO, the term conveys the idea of coming together in unity or “unity,” which was the same description of the Pentecost Day assembly, before the Lord`s successors were filled with the strength of the Holy Spirit. “When the day of Pentecost was filled, they were all unanimous in one place” (Acts 2:1). “One chord” is another interesting phrase that comes from HOMOTHYMADON, a word for unity or bias. These word studies help us to recognize a very important principle that concerns prayer and spiritual things. Unity among the faithful, perhaps better known as “harmony,” is considered essential and obligatory, as important as union with the Lord himself. In many other references, Jesus conveyed this thought in what is often called his farewell prayer, just before he was betrayed and crucified. When he prayed for his successors, he asked the Father “…

so that they may all be one, like you, father, in me and me in you; so that they may also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21 NKJV). And as important as unity or harmony is to each local Church, it exerts an even greater influence when a wider range of faithful set aside their differences to combine their love and harmony with Christ and with one another. This idea resembles the united voices of a large choir. I find it interesting to see how the words chord, harmony or symphony can be interchangeable between spiritual things or music.