How to ask so it will be done.

“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.” -Matthew 18:19

It is, perhaps, no longer profound to say “God answers prayer.” Most Christians would agree with that, and many would subsequently note that the answer could be “Yes”, “No”, or “Wait.”

And it seems like, in these situations, people feel that it is “No” or “Wait” most of the time.

But Jesus told us how to get a “Yes”: “if two of you on earth agree…”

Perhaps we need to be more intentional about coming to agreement before we pray.

Immediately following Jesus’ instructions on church discipline, this verse is in a context of loving confrontation. But how often do we confront a brother or a sister about their prayer request? Have you ever disagreed with someone else’s prayer without saying anything? Have you even prayed for it yourself, maybe trying to put a more theologically sound spin on it, without voicing your concern to them first?

Other times, we may not have the chance to agree, because the request is a “Silent” request or it’s just very vague. How can we agree about something that we can’t share with each other?

Prayer is intimate. It requires openness and trust. And if we can articulate our desires, work through the disagreements, and pray through as brothers and sisters in Christ, I am sure that God will have a lot more prayers to which He will not just answer, but will answer “Yes.”