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Agreement in Prayer

March 9, 2018

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. – Mt 18:19

 

 

What does it mean to be in agreement? The best analogy I can think of is a big huge rowboat. We’re all in the same boat. The captain says we need to go North. Now we each must choose to agree or disagree with the captain. There are almost limitless ways to disagree: murder the captain, jump out of the boat, refuse to row, throw people overboard,  and on and on.

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But there is only one way to agree. Row the damn boat.

But we can’t each row on our own, or the boat goes nowhere. We have to row together, in the same direction, at the same time, for the boat to move.

If only a few people row and everyone else watches, the rowers will tire before the boat even gets close to the destination.

If some people row one direction, some people row another direction, and some people just use their paddles to splash each other, the boat won’t even move.

If half the people row one direction and half the people row the other direction, there is a lot of sweat and effort going on but no movement.

If half the people row one direction and the other half don’t row at all, then the boat looks like it’s moving but it’s only going in circles.

We must all row in the same direction, at the same time, together. That’s the only way to move the boat, the only way to get where we want to go.

This is what it means to be in agreement in prayer. Not just nodding our heads or saying the words. Not just agreeing for the sake of agreement. But sitting side-by-side, gritting out teeth, and rowing together in the same direction.

 

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