Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” vs. 19Matthew 18: 18-20
There are some folks who believe that when they pray in agreeance with another person for anything that is in accord with God’s will, their prayer will be answered. Whatever they have prayed for will be done for them! Accordingly, whenever they have a need, they will find a person who will join them in a prayer of perfect harmony. In their estimation this multiplies the power of the prayer and virtually guarantees that it will be answered. Now it’s always wonderful to join others in prayer, but it’s also important to remember context as we interpret scripture. This saying of Jesus shows up as he’s talking about forgiveness in our faith communities. In that context what we have here is a promise that when we forgive a brother or a sister, that forgiveness is from God. The same is true in our worship when we participate in a ritual of confession and forgiveness. Those aren’t just words, they’re words with power! The forgiveness is real and from God. Likewise, the words of the confessional are power-packed – with the absolution comes God’s forgiveness. How do we know that the forgiveness is from God? It’s easy. Whenever we are gathered, to celebrate God’s mercy and grace, even two or three are enough, Christ is present, and our words of absolution are the words of Christ.
Thought for the Day: Why do some like to have prayer partners?