Matthew 18:19 (KJV)
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
A common definition of hope is to want or desire something to be true. But that’s not the Bible definition which is confident expectation – being confident that what you want to happen will indeed happen
What I want to share with you today is that the world hopes – their definition- that this or that will come to pass. But what are they basing it on? Their ways and views. That’s the world but what about the Christians? What are they basing their HOPE on? If it’s not God’s Word, the foundation is shaky. God’s Word must always be the bottom line – the benchmark from which you measure everything.
Too many times when Christians pray, they “hope” God will answer with the perfect solution but do they really believe that or just hopin’ and prayin’?
So, what should we do? The first thing we need to do to get answered prayer is to agree with God and His Word. You see, as I say often, you can’t have faith in God beyond your knowledge of His Word. So you need to get into His Word and find out what He has already said about your situation and then get in agreement with Him. Then when you pray in faith according to that Word, it will work.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
1 John 5:14-15 (AMP) 14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
Remember, God’s Word is His will.
Then there’s the prayer of agreement when you enlist the help of someone else – Matt. 18:19 – as we see in the opening scripture. The prayer of agreement is a powerful way to pray but the two of you have to be in agreement, not only when praying, but all during the time you’re waiting for the manifestation of the answer.
To find a prayer partner who will pray in agreement with you and stay in agreement is a rare find. Consider yourself extremely blessed when you find someone like that!
Praying in agreement with God’s Word is so comforting and empowering because it’s His Word and He can’t lie about His promises. What He has declared, He is able to perform and cause it to come to pass.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV)
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Malachi 3:6a (KJV) 6 For I am the LORD, I change not;
James 1:17 (KJV) 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
However, you don’t need to only pray with a partner, you can pray by yourself and get in agreement with God and He will honor your faith-filled prayers! Go for it!