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Understand The Prayer Of Agreement and When To Use It
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The Prayer Of Agreement
The prayer of agreement from Matthew 18:19-20 is the center of this study. It teaches how to use this prayer correctly with the collective faith of others joined with your own faith for answered prayer. This is a great prayer for husbands and wives.
Understand The Prayer Of Agreement
If you have little faith but but you need answered prayer or you need answered prayer quickly, God has provided a means of igniting your faith by joining with others. You only need to look at Matthew 18:19-20 to learn this explosive principle for answered prayer. However, praying with others in agreement creates a few special conditions.
According to Jesus we’re guaranteed answered prayer when we follow His clear instruction for this form of prayer known as the Prayer of Agreement found in Matthew 18:19-20. This particular prayer takes us beyond our own level of faith to obtain anything according to God’s will (if it’s in the Bible as a promise or blessing).
For example if one suffers the loss of a job or someone needs to receive healing. These are needs that must be fulfilled quickly! So rather than praying on your own during such times, you can join with others in prayer for greater faith and power according to what Jesus said.This is because collaborated faith efforts will greatly increase faith so that prayer results can be realized in a shorter time than when we pray alone and in some cases immediately. The prayer of agreement must be used correctly according to the context of verses 19-20.
-Agree In Prayer For Powerful Results-
Prayer Bible Study Scripture
In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus said:
“19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
The key word for the prayer of agreement found in verse 19 is “agree.” This study is going to teach you the significance of how this one word can impact the prayer of agreement for the positive or negative of what you want or need.
Don’t be in a hurry with prayer of agreement. Take time when praying with others to choose those persons who have a desire as you do to pray correctly and who also want the best for you.
We can pray with others who don’t have our best interest at heart. If you desire to put forth greater, heart-felt faith for what you desire with others, you need people, even strangers who desire to see God’s Word manifested in your life and whatever it’s applied to through prayer.
Praying with a family, for instance, who might not respect you or believe in prayer will not give you the added faith toward what you want or encouragement. In Matthew 18:18 Jesus said: “18 Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
When we pray, we’re loosing what we want or binding what we don’t want. I cover this information and more about prayer and receiving from God in Take The Path To Victorious Christian Living if you need to learn more on the subject.
While you don’t have control over people who pray for you that you don’t know, you want to make sure that you receive the benefit of this prayer by sharing your need in joined prayer with family, friends and church members who you know respect God’s Word and desire for you to receive exactly what you’ve asked God for in prayer.For example, you can pray with one or more persons you trust, making sure their understanding of your prayer is aligned with your exact need and request. You must explain to them clearly what you need and make your prayer reflect that need.
If you ask to be healed of freedom from an addiction, then state what you want. “Heavenly Father, please heal me from addiction to pain killers (name the specific medications)…”
The more people you ask to pray with you, the more people who will pray for you that you don’t know. This is another reason to be specific.
Tell each person who you ask to pray with you and for you to be just as specific so the growing list of persons will actually increase the faith leading to heaven for binding or loosing what you need according to Matthew 18:18.
Also tell them to share your name with the prayer. We need to be specific about everything we pray about. This includes using the names of those who we pray about.
The Steps of The Prayer Of Agreement According to Jesus:
- two or more people must gather together in agreement about anything they ask for in prayer
- meeting together in the name of Jesus will insure that He is right there in the midst of our prayer
- ask for what you want in Jesus’ Name and our Heavenly Father will answer it
As our mediator before God, Jesus Christ is right there with us to present that prayer to God immediately on our behalf with the benefit of our joined faith.
Prayer Of Agreement Study In Review
Before you say your prayer with one or more persons in agreement to your prayer request, you must consider the following factors:
- Be clear about what you want. You can’t ask for one thing, but really want another. This will create doubt.
- Be specific. If you want more money, for example, you need to know how much money you want and why you want it.
- Clearly state your request to those praying with you to insure that they are praying in harmony with what you want.
- Choose the person or persons carefully who you’ll be praying with. Make sure they understand this prayer and the principles of the Prayer of Faith.
- Choose people who have your best interest at heart. You can’t pray with someone just because they’re a Christian and you need someone to pray with you. You would do better to pray alone. You need prayer partners who are totally in agreement with you and want you to be blessed.
- Be honest about your situation. God knows the truth when we go before Him.
- Continue to thank God that He has answered your prayer once you’ve prayed.
Always keep in mind that everyone in your prayer circle must be one ACCORD with you in prayer. This is why it’s called the Prayer of Agreement. If you take these tips seriously, you’ll experience accelerated prayer results.
Special Notice: As I close this study, I would to present two more important factors for answered prayer.
Before you say any prayer, always ask for forgiveness of your sins, repent and trust that God has forgiven you immediately. It will keep your heart at peace when entering into prayer.
It’s also scriptural for answered prayer according to (Mark 11:26). Also, forgive all others.Once you have completed any prayer, thank and praise God for answering you as often as possible until you receive your request. Then, continue to be thankful for all God has done for you now and forever.
What To Do Next: Send me your prayer request. State your prayer clearly as I described and then believe with me in agreement that you have received. Make sure others pray about you with the same understanding. Thank and praise God daily to build your faith!
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Study 8 THE PRAYER OF FAITH - SAMUEL – Words of Life Ministries
MORE STUDIES IN HEBREWS 11 by Francis Dixon
Scripture References: Hebrews 11:32; 1 Samuel 7:1-14
The mention of Samuel’s name in Hebrews 11:32 is an indication to us to turn to the Old Testament scriptures in order to find out how the principle of faith operated through this man’s life and ministry - but to which portion shall we turn? In this study we shall follow the suggestion made by the marginal reference in the Scofield Bible which directs us to 1 Samuel 7:1-14, and in particular to verses 5 and 9. These verses introduce our theme: the prayer of faith. They read as follows - “Then Samuel said, Assemble all Israel at Mizpah and I will intercede with the LORD for you” (verse 5). “He cried out to the LORD on Israel’s behalf, and the LORD answered him” (verse 9). It is the privilege of every Christian to pray, and to pray not only for himself but for others; in other words, to exercise a ministry of intercession. One of the conditions for successful prayer is that such prayer must be offered in faith; it must be the prayer of faith. The one who prays must be a man or a woman of faith - for two clear statements regarding this look up and compare Mark 11:22-24 and James 5:15. What, then, are the characteristics of the prayer of faith? In 1 Samuel 7:1-14 we shall find the answer to this question. Verses 1 and 2 of the chapter tell us that God’s people were in a sorry state spiritually, religiously, and from the last part of verse 2 it would seem that they longed that things might be different; so Samuel called the people together, and because they were in great danger from their enemies, the Philistines, he prayed the prayer of faith, which was wonderfully answered. Now notice:-
1. The Prayer of Faith must be accompanied by penitence, confession of sin and amendment of life.
We learn this from verses 3-6.
Please notice the following words, their significance and the order in which they occur, in verse 3 - “Whole
yourselves …commit yourselves… serve him only …” What lessons there are for us in these four verses! Verse 4 tells us of the response and obedience of God’s people; verse 5 of Samuel’s readiness and willingness to pray for them; and verse 6 of their humility, confession of sin and deep desire for God’s blessing. Only as hindrances are removed can we pray the prayer of faith - look up and compare Psalm 66:18 and Isaiah 59:1-2.
2. The Prayer of Faith will be challenged by doubts and fears, but it will persist in spite of every discouragement.
We learn this from verses 7 and 8, verses which, incidentally, are full of encouragement for ourselves. The reason the people became fearful was that they looked at their enemies, their circumstances, their problems, their difficulties, and whenever we do that we become fearful. What they needed to do was to turn their eyes away to the Lord.
This, as verse 8 tells us, is exactly what they did. When Peter “saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out…” If only Peter had kept his eye on the Lord! No wonder the Lord Jesus said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” - look up Matthew 14:25-33. But faith is always beset by doubts and fears.
Noah must have had doubts when he was building the ark (Genesis 6:14 and 22); Abraham must have had doubts as he moved Ur (Genesis 12:1 and 4); Moses must have had doubts as he crossed the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21,22 and 29); Joshua must have had doubts concerning the fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-5 and 20); but when their doubts came they went on praying and trusting.
They turned away from their circumstances to the Lord, as in verse 8.
3. The Prayer of Faith is specific, and is directed to the Lord.
Look again at verse 8 and notice the words “crying out to the Lord …for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines”. This was not a nebulous kind of prayer. Samuel did not generalise when he prayed.
He directed his prayer to the Lord because He is always the object of our faith, and the One to whom we look and in whom we are trusting, and he asked for exactly what was needed.
He was specific in his request - look up and compare 1 Samuel 1:10,11 and 20; and Luke 11:9-13. The Lord invites us and wants us to be specific and definite in our prayers.
He encourages us to tell Him exactly what we need, and He promises to meet our need - look up Philippians 4:19, and compare Psalm 62:5. What is your need just now? Look to Him and ask Him to meet your need - see His promise in Psalm 50:14-15!
4. The Prayer of Faith must be offered on the grounds of a blood sacrifice.
We learn this from verse 9, and here we see ‘the cross in the Old Testament’.
There is only one way for a guilty sinner to approach and enter the presence of a holy God; it is by the “new and living way” which is sprinkled with atoning blood. All other ways of access will fail.
Thus, Cain’s way failed but Abel’s succeeded (Genesis 4:3-5); the Pharisee’s way failed but the publican’s way succeeded (Luke 18:9-14). In Hebrews 10:19-22 we have a clear statement of this glorious truth.
5. The Prayer of Faith will always be challenged by the powers of darkness.
It is significant that we read in verse 10 that it was while the people were gathered together and Samuel was offering up the burnt offering that their enemies drew near to attack them. This surely reminds us of the fact that when we pray, at once we enter into a great spiritual conflict.
We learn this from Ephesians 6:10-18, and in particular in verse 12 of this portion; and we have an illustration of this very thing happening in the life of Daniel, in Daniel 10:10-21.
How Satan hates any reference to the blood of Christ! - for this is the sinner’s only access into the presence of a holy God, and he fiercely challenges us as we seek to draw near to the Lord in worship and in prayer.
6. The Prayer of Faith is a prayer that is always answered.
We learn this from verse 10, and also from verses 13 and 14. God gave His people a mighty victory, and in answer to their prayers there was a miraculous intervention - a wonderful illustration of Jeremiah 33:3! Every prayer that is offered in faith, in the Name of Jesus and for the glory of God, is always answered abundantly - look up and compare John 14:13-14 and Ephesians 3:20-21.
7. The Prayer of Faith is a prayer that gives God all the glory.
We learn this from verses 11 and 12 - “Ebenezer”! God has done it! His is the victory! - look up Psalm 126:3.
Prayer Of Salvation
Prayer of Salvation – Our First Real Conversation With God
The “prayer of salvation” is the most important prayer we'll ever pray. When we're ready to become a Christian, we're ready to have our first real conversation with God, and these are its components:
Prayer of Salvation – It Begins With Faith in God
When we pray the prayer of salvation, we're letting God know we believe His Word is true. By the faith He has given us, we choose to believe in Him.
The Bible tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
So, when we pray, asking God for the gift of salvation, we're exercising our free will to acknowledge that we believe in Him. That demonstration of faith pleases God, because we have freely chosen to know Him.
Prayer of Salvation – Confessing Our Sin
When we pray the prayer of salvation, we're admitting that we've sinned. As the Bible says of everyone, save Christ alone: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
To sin is simply to fall short of the mark, as an arrow that does not quite hit the bull's-eye.
The glory of God that we fall short of is found only in Jesus Christ: “For it is the God who commanded light to shine darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The prayer of salvation, then, recognizes that Jesus Christ is the only human who ever lived without sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Prayer of Salvation – Professing Faith in Christ as Savior and Lord
With Christ as our standard of perfection, we're now acknowledging faith in Him as God, agreeing with the Apostle John that: “In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3).
Because God could only accept a perfect, sinless sacrifice, and because He knew that we could not possibly accomplish that, He sent His Son to die for us and pay the eternal price.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Prayer of Salvation – Say It & Mean It Now!
Do you agree with everything you have read so far? If you do, don't wait a moment longer to start your new life in Jesus Christ. Remember, this prayer is not a magical formula. You are simply expressing your heart to God.
Pray this with us:
- “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
Prayer of Salvation – I've Prayed It; Now What?
If you've prayed this prayer of salvation with true conviction and heart, you are now a follower of Jesus. This is a fact, whether or not you feel any different.
Religious systems may have led you to believe that you should feel something – a warm glow, a tingle, or some other mystical experience. The fact is, you may, or you may not. If you have prayed the prayer of salvation and meant it, you are now a follower of Jesus.
The Bible tells us that your eternal salvation is secure! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
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From the Archives: On the Prayer of Faith
Good health to you Caspar. Be strong in the Lord. As I readied myself to respond to your wishes and prepared to write to you on the prayer of faith, that request of the Lord’s disciples came to my mind: Lord teach us to pray.
The experience led me to seek with them a similar request from the Lord, but I expanded it more fully: Lord teach us, in the first place, to experience what the prayer of faith is which is given by the spirit of faith and secondly, teach us not only to pray, but grant by your kindness that it be done in faith and according to your will. Amen.
The prayer of faith is mentioned in the fifth chapter of James the apostle: And the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up . . . .
Following the same author we are able to define our subject in the following manner: The prayer of faith occurs when you pray in faith, so that you make no judgements, nor experience anything in your heart other than those things which steadfast and prayerful faith raise in you. It will accomplish its own ends . . . .
From the first epistle of John, the fifth chapter, we are able to say that to pray in faith is to make a request in the confidence which we have before God, that if what we request is according to his will, he will hear us.
It is according to the will of the Lord that we seek, and according to his will that we be heard. But why do we not say with the Lord himself? It is prayer in the spirit (from which you have faith) and in truth (through which you pray) which gives you what you request.For the Lord, who often remained through the night in prayer for us and abided in the prayer of faith prescribed what the prayer of faith should be in Matthew 17:21: This kind of devotion, never comes about except through prayer and fasting.
Therefore I say this: The prayer of faith is that by which demons are cast out and every power of the adversary is trodden under foot. By true fasting the body of the praying man is chastened so that he prays in his faith for an increment and plenitude of spiritual gifts.
From this indeed we learn the power and manner of prayer and, moreover, the nature of faith. Faith prays and faith seeks. Wherefore true prayer is not without faith, nor is faith idle, but it fasts and teaches one to pray.
Moreover in prayer as Christ described and required it, faith everywhere holds the victory palm . . . .
Furthermore it is made clear what the prayer of faith is, namely, believing while praying, knowing and understanding for certain that you will receive what you request.
These things indicate as well that every hesitation ought to be absent from our heart in prayer and the certainty present that we shall be heard.
In manner it is pointed out that not every prayer is of faith or in faith nor that prayer in faith is able to be undertaken by everyone, but it is for those in particular who are for the most part mature in the spirit and apprehend more fully the knowledge and truth which is Christ.
For through this prayer whatever God created is made holy (1 Tim. 4:4–5), and in this prayer one must always remain steadfast and succumb (Luke 18:13). Paul urged us to pray constantly.Now someone might note that Paul says that we do not know how to pray as we ought. And this is true, for prayer, unless it be at the instigation of the Holy Spirit, as the following references indicate, will not be powerful enough to be the prayer of faith.
Therefore we ought to pray insofar as the spirit of his truth is in us . . . .
I believe it is now manifest that the prayer of faith and the prayer of the Spirit are the same, for Jude in his letter writes: Pray in the Holy Spiritand Revelation 5:8 notes that the prayers of the saints are bowls filled with the best perfume for the spirit which is the most precious and eminent being before God.
. . . Although it is fitting that all are invited to pray and exhorted to persevere in prayer, nevertheless, God alone always knows what is in fact prayer and hears his true worshippers. They are not judged by us but they either pray to the Lord or do not pray to him.
Attention must be directed to faith’s beginnings.
Just as the first movements of the prayer of faith are none other than increments to that faith and from these initial impulses the spirit leads the pious, insofar as they walk from faith into faith, to perfection, so those who pray are strengthened continually in the prayer of faith.
John taught his disciples to pray, as did Christ the Lord of glory, but! Christ required from his disciples not faith in the first place. At times we found them guilty of unfaithfulness. They were growing in faith until they would pray that perfect prayer of faith, and persevering in it, move others to pray wise . . . .
From this it is clear that the spirit of God prays in the pious, at times in those beginning, at times in those growing in prayer, at times in fullness of faith and prayer.
It prays, supporting our weaknesses, teaching where and when prayer is fitting, raising groans in those who say nothing but who groan and weep in such a way that their minds are not yet moved, their lips are not yet closed nor are their eyes dry and, if they consider other matters, they do not have the spirit of prayer in a false manner.
The spirit moves them from these groanings to speak within the heart. After it restores the house of prayer in its tabernacle, it unites to itself the whole mind and those things which are internal in common prayer. In this it adds to the mind, the mouth, tongue, sounds, sighs, clamors.
It adds to the clamors so that tears, laments, cries and wails follow. Finally the spirit gives perseverance lest we fall short or tire of bringing our petitions before the throne of grace so that we might receive what we seek and achieve our desires.Yet not content with this it stimulates us to give thanks for those things which occurred either through us or by others in our name. And when it has incited us to give thanks it crowns us with new riches, granting us growth and prayer in faith and making us recipients of heavenly treasure so that we abound even more fully in such wealth.
Thus we are always beggars and always wealthy.
We know our wealth because of the magnitude of the goodness and grace of God which he bounteously spreads upon us, yet we are aware of our poverty as well since we are aware of our infirmity and the fact that the sick and the needy are the ones involved in making requests and giving thanks. Moreover, it comes about that we do not seek what pleases us, but rather what pleases him to whom we pray. We do not request those things of which we approve.
However, it is those things which are necessary for us and are worthy for God which take precedent.
These gifts far exceed our poverty, which is not in any way able to take in at once the immense power of the riches in the treasury of the Lord and however much one desires that those things for which we pray at once be augmented and fulfilled, we are not able to bring it about.
Moreover we are compelled together to look to the Lord who gives and in him, who is able to do all and who controls all, to be wealthy, although he does not always bestow gifts nor offer all things at once . . . .
I shall pray in the spirit and I shall pray in the mind. I shall sing psalms in the spirit and I shall sing psalms in the mind. Prayer is made by the spirit and prayer is made by the mind joined with the spirit.
The spirit prays with its own groanings; the spirit also prays having been united with the mind, so that the spirit, which the faithful receive for what is necessary, and at the same time the mind, by whose ministry along with those things which work with it, the building up of the church is served, have fruit, while the whole person may be subservient to those united members of his or her inheritance.
But concerning the prayer of faith which Christ states is far from the many words of the Gentiles—perhaps, by you especially, it is practiced too much.I, as I said before, pray in the first place with the disciples of the Lord that the Lord teach me to pray, in however small and inferior a manner I with my weaknesses of body and mind am able to be compared to them.
Yet, I pray that the prayer of faith might follow in spirit and in truth and finally with perseverance and intent constancy which he is worthy to bring about, Amen. I ask, unskilled as I am, that if you have any correction or additional things to add, share them with me and fare well in the name of him who teaches his own to pray.
At Liegnitz, Saturday after the eighth day of the Epiphany, in the year 1529
Corpus Schwenckfeldianorum, vol. 2,
pp. 432–39. Translation, Peter C. Erb
By Valentine Crautwald[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #21 in 1989]
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