Because God has placed His authority on humankind to work out His plan and purposes in the world, our corporate agreement with Him brings about His will on the earth.
In other words, when, together, we agree with God about something, it is very likely to happen. (By the same token, if we agree with the enemy—“the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB)—about something, even in ignorance, that too is likely to happen.)
How can you discern whether or not you are consistently aligning yourself with God? By paying attention to your routine thought processes.
Do you spend most of your time thinking about worldly concerns or do you daily and actively trust God to take care of your needs?
How much are you communicating with Him? What is He telling you?
We enter into agreement by being connected with God and with each other, and we enter into this lifestyle by offering ourselves up to Him (and to one another) in the light of God’s mercy.
We reject the message of the world around us, which is to trust in ourselves and to “look out for number one.” True agreement requires mutual humility and honor.
Then we can pray together the most powerful prayers of all.
When the early church prayed as one voice in Acts 4, amazing power was released and the meeting place shook; they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they preached the word with great boldness.
God’s Heart and Yours
Praying in agreement with God and each other starts with each one of us being as close as possible to the very heart of God.
Do you love Jesus? Do you love the believers you have been joined with?
Are you learning to lean into the heart of God Himself? Are you praying to God or with God?
The first and primary Person with whom we are to come into agreement is, of course, God Himself. Your effectiveness in prayer will depend on how well your heart pulses in rhythm with the heartbeat of God.
There is no easy, “three-step” approach or methodology for coming into agreement.
It takes time. It is relational. It calls for character.
It necessitates love. It is a matter of the heart.
First, each one of us comes into agreement with God Himself, and we maintain a desire to keep as close to Him as we can, setting aside our own agendas.
Then we put aside our prejudices and preconceived ideas and come into agreement with each other.
When you learn to agree with God, then your agenda, your motivations, and even your assignments will change.
Your mind will be transformed according to the will of God: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Only then can we be candidates to pray prayers that strike the mark!
Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ great name. I ask You to graft into my life Your wisdom concerning prayer. More than anything, I want to come into agreement with Your heart and learn to pray in accordance with Your will, Word, and ways. Help me to find two or three others with whom I may learn to walk in the power of prayers of agreement. Thank you. Amen.
Coming into the power of agreement!
James W. Goll