During the Depression, a friend of mine worked for his brother in a little garage that barely had room for one car. His brother paid him three dollars a week and fed him. Also, both brothers tried to help their very poor parents.
One day I stopped by to see my friend. He wanted me to pray that he would get a good job. He had been dating a young lady and wanted to get married, but he couldn’t do it on three dollars. He didn’t even have any dress pants. There were hardly any jobs, but he knew God would do something about it.
I told him what Jesus said in Matthew 18:19, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
We agreed over a job he was seeking. They called him 10 days later, and he went to work for ten dollars a week. Soon he bought a couple of suits. Months later, he got married. He stayed there until he became one of the bosses and earned a good salary. Then God called him to preach, and he went into the ministry.
That was my first experience of acting on this verse. Jesus did not say it might be done or there was a possibility it could be done. Instead, He said it shall be done! Let’s take God at His Word.
Power of Two
For the prayer of agreement to work, there must be two of you. And you have to be on earth. That fits us!
While traveling in ministry, I once wrote my wife telling her that a pastor asked me to stay on longer. It was nearing Christmas, and I needed extra money since I would not hold meetings during the holidays. The pastor, however, wasn’t sure if his people could give anything extra.
I wanted her to open her Bible to Matthew 18:19 the next Sunday afternoon and agree with me for a certain amount of money. When they took up the offering, there was three dollars more than what she and I had agreed on.
The next week, I wrote Oretha telling her to do the same thing again on the following Sunday afternoon, and I would do likewise. We received $1.49 above the amount we had asked for.
The Sunday before Christmas, the offering was about twenty dollars short. I suggested that we count it again. I told the pastor how Oretha and I had agreed. If the money was not there, I would have to go to every church I preached in and tell them Jesus was a liar and the Bible was not true. If it didn’t work, I wanted to throw it away!
We counted a second time and still came up short. I told the pastor it had to be there, and we counted again. It was still the same. He said we would count all night until we got it. Suddenly I remembered that the pastor’s wife had bought a Bible from me before church. She had put the money in an envelope and included a personal offering. When I opened it, there was a twenty-five dollar offering. We received five dollars above what we had claimed!
“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
Do not put any limitations on Matthew 18:19! The prayer of agreement will work because it is God’s Word.Kenneth E. Hagin
Stand Your Ground
When using the prayer of agreement, I do not imply that things will come to you like ripe cherries falling from a tree. You have to stand your ground against the devil.
People often fight for their rights and what belongs to them. They will lose sleep and put forth every effort. But when it comes to spiritual things, they will roll over, shut their eyes, and play dead!
We need to get down to business and find out where the answer is. If I lost a valuable ring, I would carefully search where I thought I had lost it. I would get down on my hands and knees, crawling around looking for it. When it comes to spiritual matters, I do the same thing—I retrace my steps. Many times in prayer and the Word, I go over the same ground again and again.
Stand on God’s Word and say it must be so. Look the storm in the face and say as Paul did: “I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me” (Acts 27:25). The opposition will relent and the answer will come. Stand your ground. God’s Word works!
When we learn to pray in line with what the Bible says, our prayers will be productive. Do not put any limitations on Matthew 18:19! The prayer of agreement will work because it is God’s Word. You can be mighty in prayer alone, but you can be mightier when someone joins you!
Faith IN ACTION
Activate God’s Word
It is sad when a Christian goes through life without acting on the Word. The believer who thoroughly understands that God’s power supports him can exercise authority and face the enemy fearlessly. Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” This verse doesn’t say anything about being strong in yourself. It talks about being strong in the Lord.
The Lord’s strength backs the prayer of agreement. Jesus is the one who told us, “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matt. 18:19 NKJV). Don’t argue with the Bible—side with it! God’s Word is true.
If you don’t have someone who can agree with you, call us! Our Prayer and Healing Center is available at 918-258-1588, ext. 2980 (Monday–Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, voicemail available after hours).
Kenneth E. Hagin
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