“Again, 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. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:19-20 NIV
Many people read Matthew 18:19-20, but they neglect what Jesus taught in the preceding verse: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (NIV)
As Jesus taught, agreement is the key to releasing the power of the Almighty.
It is through agreement with God and His people that we move from the natural to the supernatural, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
How important is the unity of believers? Throughout the Bible when people united together, the results were remarkable. Moses joined with Aaron and Hur for great victories. Naomi and Ruth received an answer from God. David made a covenant with Jonathan.
Jesus ministered with His disciples. The prayers of Paul and Silas brought deliverance.
Is it any wonder why the Bible admonishes us to come into agreement with each other? Glance through the New Testament and see how often we are told such things as:
“Love one another” (John 13:34). “Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). “Be humble and gentle... bearing with one another” (Ephesians 4:2). “Forgive one another” (Colossians 3:13). “Encourage each other” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). “Build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). “Spur one another” (Hebrews 10:24).
Throughout Scripture, we are told the importance of agreement. Unity is commanded by Christ: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34 NIV).
Jesus prayed, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe...” (John 17:21 NIV).