The Power of Agreement
This week we bring the Power Up series to a close with 'The Power of Agreement'. In previous weeks we have looked at how to Power Up our spiritual life in various ways, and while praying in faith by yourself is powerful, praying together as a group can be even more effective.
In Genesis 11:1-9 (NIV) the following account is given:
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there… 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens...” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city...”
This passage captures the period after Noah and his family had escaped the destruction of the world by the great flood. They had begun to “repopulate” the earth. So all of mankind spoke the same language and could understand each other. In this passage there are three key factors that highlight their agreement; they had a common speech; a common goal and; a common purpose.
God took notice of what they were doing but it was not the building of the tower that got God’s attention, it was the agreement of the people. The people were one, they had started to build this tower as one unit and if He allowed this to continue, what would be next?
This exemplifies the great power in agreement that when there is genuine agreement, anything is possible and vice versa; when there is no agreement very little gets done.
God saw that whatever they decided to do, they could accomplish. If all types of possibilities open up when we join together in agreement, what happens when one of the partners is God who says: “…with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV). Immediately we would be propelled into a different dimension of possibilities.
“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.” Matthew 18:19-20 NIV. Jesus said when we come into agreement about anything it is powerful and God will honour it. But there is one condition. For this principle to operate in our lives, we must first:
a. Be in agreement with Christ: When we come into agreement about things we know based on the Word of God, we have a guarantee that He will hear and honour our request. In agreement with God the impossible becomes possible. But not only do we need to be in agreement with Christ, we must:
b. Be in agreement with the praying partner: The word used in the passage for agree in the original is 'sum-pho-na-o' from which comes our term SYMPHONY. It literally means 'to agree in sound' or 'to be in harmony'. When we are united in prayer, in harmony with each other powerful things happen! We are made to sharpen our God-created personalities and gifts, in order to blend into symphonic sound.
Although there is great power when two of us join together in prayer, there is even greater power that the church together can release. In the Book of Acts every time the church got together in agreement and prayed, power was released. “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting…4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit...” Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV).
What could happen if out of a committed agreement we decided to make a difference in our country? What if we decided to build a tower of righteousness because righteousness exalts a nation? What if we modelled consistently correct family values, or we decided that we are tired of men being on the fringes and agreed to grow a generation of men who would take up their rightful place in society? Suppose we decided and came into agreement about creating wealth to do the work of the Lord and extend the Kingdom of God, what could happen?
When we come together and are in symphony, God shows up and does powerful things. But Jesus said that He will manifest His presence in a special way when two or more of His disciples meet to pray.