The Prayer Symphony
Matthew 18:19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 “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. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
This Scripture gives us an important principle for putting to use our foundations for effective prayer. It is what I call “the prayer symphony,” and I use the word symphony deliberately. The word agree used here is actually a musical term. It is taken from the Greek word sumphoneo, and gives us the English word symphony by direct derivation. The basic concept is one of harmony.
The English words gathered together mean, literally, “have been led together.” When we talk about being led in prayer, we come to the question, Led by whom? The answer is given in Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Just as the Holy Spirit leads us to understand God’s will in Scripture, so He leads us in praying it back to God.
Jesus was saying in this verse, then, 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 shall be done for them.
Notice that Jesus did not say, “When two Baptists meet together, I’ll be there” or “When three Pentecostals or Catholics or Methodists meet together, I’ll be there.” A lot of people misapply this Scripture. They talk about the presence of Jesus when, believe me, He is a long way off. He has tied Himself only to those who are led by the Spirit of God to come into His name.
God also gives us here, I think, a new vision of corporate prayer. It might be the case that two or three of us are sitting together in a group – our traditional view of this verse, But it might also be the case that we are scattered physically in different places in solitary prayer closets, and our prayers still come up before the Lord’s presence as one corporate sound as we pray His will in His name.
Now I am no professional musician, but I do know that basically a symphony comprises several components: it requires a conductor, a score and an orchestra, meaning the musicians and their instruments.
In our symphony of prayer, the conductor is the Holy Spirit. The score is the will of God as revealed in His Word. The musicians are those brought together in the name of Jesus. With these components in place, the Holy Spirit lifts the baton of His authority and unites the playing of many different instruments.
I would like for you to think about 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. This list is not exhaustive; there are more. But this will be sufficient to keep us busy! These instruments will help equip us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV) (From the Book "Secrets Of A Prayer Warrior"by Derek Prince)
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