“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. For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20
When I read this Scripture, I always envision a group of people joining together in prayer. For example, in our church, we often surround a person who has requested prayer and physically reach out and touch them while praying for them. At other times, we hold hands and pray. Of course, we can agree in prayer over the phone or even through emails. Yet, I tend to think of Christians praying together in one place.
Tonight I was introduced to another way of thinking about this verse. In his book Secrets of a Prayer Warrior, Derek Prince offers a picture of Christians harmonizing in prayers, much as a symphony harmonizes. Prince calls this harmonizing “the prayer symphony” and uses it to build a foundation for effective prayer.
According to Prince, the word translated as ‘agree’ comes the Greek word sumphoneo, or symphony. He also states that ‘gathered together’ literally means ‘have been led together.’ As Christians, we are led by the Holy Spirit. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14) Therefore, Prince writes, this verse is telling us “that any time two or three have been led together by the Holy Spirit into a meeting place, which is the name of Jesus, then they can count on His presence. Additionally, if these ones shall symphonize–come together in perfect harmony–concerning anything that they shall ask, then it will be done for them.”
If we think of agreeing and coming together as being led by the Holy Spirit to pray in harmony , we can come together in the spirit of prayer wherever we are and pray as we are all lead by the same Holy Spirit. Prince likens Christians being led in prayer by the Holy Spirit as a conductor leading an orchestra of musicians through a musical score. The conductor is the Holy Spirit, the musicians are the Christians being brought together, and the score is the Word of God. As the read the score, His will is revealed to us so that we know how He would have us pray.
Prince continues, “With these components in place, the Holy Spirit lifts the baton of His authority and unites the playing of many different instruments.” He then encourages each of us to consider prayer as “taking your place in the orchestra and playing your instrument. You are not confined to one instrument, of course, although you probably have an affinity for a particular one. These instruments are praise, thanksgiving, worship, petition, intercession, supplication, command, commitment, dedication, persistence, blessing, and cursing.”
I am excited to continue to read this book and discover more about prayer and the secrets of becoming a true prayer warrior. As I come to the Lord in prayer, I will be encouraged to think of millions of Christians around the world joining in the Symphony of Prayer and playing their particular instruments as we agree together according to His Word.