This morning I found out that one of my best friends from high school lost her sister to cancer yesterday. She was only 39 years old. I found myself thinking about her precious parents, her two young sons, and my friend who loved her big sister dearly all throughout the day. My heart was heavy for them.
When you hear about a tragedy like that it’s hard to let it leave your thoughts. I was getting ready for church tonight and thinking about it again when I heard God clearly tell me that thinking about the hurting family was not going to do them an ounce of good. He told me to stop thinking about them and start praying for them.
I did. I began to pray that God would pour His love out on them. That He would flood their hearts with peace. That they would be overwhelmed with His goodness. That the Holy Spirit would comfort her sons who are far too young to not need their mamma anymore. That God would turn the families mourning into dancing.
As I was praying a tangible power come over me. I wondered where that power was coming from and God immediately reminded me of this verse.
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
God showed me that there were other people on earth praying the same things for the same family and even though I was in my bathroom in Texas and the other people praying were somewhere miles away, because we were agreeing in the name of Jesus, He was in the midst of us. His power was present.
In the ancient Greek the word “agree” literary means “to symphonize.” My prayers and the prayers of the other people praying were coming together and creating a symphony masterpiece.
It reminded me of those times at church where the praise and worship leader and the musicians back off and suddenly you can hear the whole congregation singing the same song. Hearing all of the voices together is so much more powerful than just hearing my own voice.
When we found out we were going to have to deliver our son stillborn last July it was difficult to pray for the first 24 hours. I wanted to, but could not get words to break through the tears. Thank God for the people all around the earth that were agreeing in Jesus’ name that God would be with us and comfort us and heal our broken hearts. Those prayers mattered. It was nice to know people were “thinking” of us, but it was even nicer to know people were praying for us. We could tell God was answering those prayers! We felt the peace and comfort our family and friends were composing with their symphonized prayers.
When for heart is hurting for someone, lift up your voice and let it join in agreement with the other voices that are praying for that someone.
Deuteronomy 32:30 tells us that on our own we can chase 1,000 but when we add another person we can put 10,000 to flight! There is POWER in agreement. Don’t just send your thoughts toward people who are hurting, send your prayers!
- 2 can put 10,000 to flight.
- Where 2 or more are gathered in Jesus’ name He is there!
- When we agree concerning anything we ask in Jesus’ name He will do it.
- Keisha. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I’m glad I had the opportunity to know her.
- The Williams family. Sweet, sweet family that made me feel absolutely loved every time I was around them growing up.
- Carlisha’s statement on FB about the loss of her sister- God is still good! Indeed He is and He will walk them through this difficult time.
- The people who were “symphonizing” on mine and Josh’s behalf when we lost Felix last year.
- Got an early start back to Texas today. On the road by 7:15.
- Safe drive home.
- More good talks with Josh.
- Praying with Josh. Symphonizing with him is pretty awesome.
- Our kids really are such great little travelers! They are so easy.
- There’s no place like home.
- Had time to unpack everything and wash and dry my hair before church tonight.
- God will interrupt your thoughts if He wants to talk to you about something.
- Me and Gus did our first real Leggo project. 65 pieces later and we had ourselves a Donkey Kong race car from Mario Kart.
- Beau’s little black eyes are finally cleared up. Her skin is so sweet and perfect.
- Made it to the 4:00 service tonight at church.
- Klaus Kuehn leading worship. Anointed from start to finish.
- Remembering that Jesus paid it all during communion tonight.
- Pastor Jimmy Evans teaching on how to change your mind about insecurity. He is such a great teacher. Loved the message.
- Mashed potatoes from KFC. They are fantastic and you know it.
- Papa sent us home with a big watermelon from Sam’s.
- After a very busy day it was nice to sit on the couch and watch some TV with Josh.
- Seeing trailers for the movies that Josh & I will go see on our trip to Santa Barbara. Got me even more excited.
- There is a little baby the size of a prune living inside of me!
- Air conditioner!