From the desk of our Community Spiritual Director,
“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.” [Matthew 18:19]
During World War II, a group of American pilots known as the Flying Tigers downed nearly 300 enemy aircraft between December 1941 and July 1942. Their commander, Claire Chennault, said the secret of their success was cooperation. They always attacked two at a time. Roman soldiers also knew there was power in unity. When a barrage of flaming arrows came their way, they would hunker down and link their shields overhead and on all sides, effectively creating a fortified box around them. After the arrows hit, they would stand up, as a unit, and resume marching.
Christians who go through temptation, hardship, despair, or doubt will sometimes isolate themselves. They think, “I don’t want to share this with anyone. They would think I’m not a strong Christian. I don’t want to tell anyone I’m having a problem with this.” We do know that they should instead go directly to their Christian friends and say, “Will you pray for me? I’m under attack right now.” As believers, we should be working together and praying together. Jesus said, “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” [Matthew 18:19]. There is power in united prayer. When James was put to death and Peter was arrested, do you remember what the church did? “…constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” [Acts 12:5]. They prayed constantly. They prayed together. We need to do the same. We, too, can put our shields together, don’t you think?
As I write this, I’m thinking of my own reunion group and yours, I’m thinking of each of our churches and all of them together. Especially, I’m thinking about the unity Jesus likes and God would reward within the context of our upcoming Great Banquet season. Teams will come together by necessity as they prepare for their weekends. Whether they achieve all God has in store has to do with their own willingness to “constantly offer prayer to God,” but it also has to do with the entire community being in prayer for the teams and guests. Don’t ever believe that you don’t have a position simply because you’re not on a team. If our unity is truly what God would have it be, the Great Banquet weekends will have hundreds of good folks constantly offering prayer to God. My early prayer for this fall season is that we might take Jesus seriously – let’s be in agreement.
De Colores! RevLon