Agreement in Prayer: Is it Biblical?

Here at Theology Today, my mission is to expose the false teachers that prey upon the Body of Christ. I attempt to do this by naming the false teachers and exposing their false doctrine or, in some cases, their agenda. Today, I will examine how some of these false teachers erroneously use the Word of God to separate their followers from their funds and how you can better protect yourself from the fleecer’s of the flock. 

 Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 

The serpent was more subtle then the rest of the beasts of the field. False teachers like Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Paula White and Joyce Meyer (to name a few) mix truth with error in very subtle ways. These people are very charming, charismatic and win the trust of millions by telling their followers exactly what they want to hear. I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? Healthy? Speak things into existence? Surely, these all appeal to our fleshly desires and these false teachers, just as the serpent did with Eve, appeal to the flesh.

Much like Eve, we have a set of guidelines laid out by God, only ours is the fruit that exists in the written Word of God. We are thoroughly instructed on what to partake in, and what not to partake in. We are continually warned throughout God’s Word that false teachers would abound and lead us away from fellowship with Him (Mark 13:22, Matthew 24:24). We are taught to study (2Timothy 2:15) and test (1John 4:1) what we hear to determine if what we are hearing is of God or of Satan. After studying and testing, and finding error, we are to have no fellowship with them (Ephesians 5:11).

The WoF teachers are very good speakers. They understand human nature and how to play on it much like the serpent played Eve.. They “scripture hop” so much that it can be difficult to keep up with them. They want their followers to take notes and oftentimes are Scripture hopping so fast they can leave even the most learned men confused and frustrated. These verses are usually taken completely out of context, but when mixed with some truth, and rapid fire deliveries, they sound very good. I’ll use the “agreement in prayer” doctrine as an example on how these teachers erroneously use Scripture to prove their point.

 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. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 

If taken at face value, this verse implies that if two or more pray together, God has to grant you your request. Sounds great, huh? This is where all the “point of contact” doctrines that you see on TBN and other networks come into play. It’s really only a ploy to get money. I know, sounds good still. Let’s look at this passage of Scripture the way God intended us to see this and determine if this “prayer of agreement” holds any water.

  Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. :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.:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.   

You see, what the false teachers are claiming is “praying in agreement” isn’t really about prayer at all. Jesus is instructing us on how to deal with open sin within the church which is the whole Body of Christ. He was teaching us all on how to rightly handle sin and what to do if the sinner fails to repent of their sin. This is probably one of the best examples of Scripture being taken out of context in order to fleece their respective followers. Below is what Jesus has to say about prayer.

 Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.  

The WoF teachings completely contradict what Jesus clearly taught in regards to prayer. The “agreement in prayer” doctrine is a false doctrine. You see how easy it is for these teachers to take one verse completely out of context and influence millions. It’s quite clear that we are to ask for things, through prayer, in secret. Jesus also never teaches that our prayers will be answered because of our “agreement” with the preacher. He tells us we are to ask that it be “God’s will” and He tells us to pray for our “daily bread, to forgive us our debts, to lead us not in temptation and to deliver us from evil”. We aren’t promised anything more or anything less. You won’t hear this from the WoF teachers.

The teaching above was fairly easy to refute. In fact, most of the WoF teachings are easy to refute if one just makes an effort. You don’t have to be a scholar but you do have to study the Word. There are plenty of free resources available via the Internet to aid you in your quest for the truth. How you spend eternity depends on how you spend your time on earth, so please, spend it wisely. If you don’t, you’ll hear the following;

 Matthew 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.        

  

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13 thoughts on “Agreement in Prayer: Is it Biblical?”

  1. MAY I KNOW YOUR BELIEF PLEASE… I READ ALL THE COMMENTS YOU MADE FOR THESE PEOPLE… PROBABLY YOU ARE RIGHT BUT MAY I KNOW YOUR BELIEF ALSO SO THAT I’LL BE MORE CLARIFIED IF YOU ARE TRUE OR FALSE TEACHERS ACCUSING (DEVIL)THE BRETHREN

  2. to the person requesting the writer to share his beliefs… what does it matter what the writer beliefs… you need to look at scripture and work these things out for yourself – it does not matter what belief of denomination or whatever the writer is. If the writer sahys he is catholic or atheist or whateverwill that change your mind in what he/she has said in the article. it shouldnt

  3. I agree that the Word of God should be our plumbline in all things. It’s sad how few people in today’s churches actually know what the Bible, itself, teaches. People in the pews may know what their pastor teaches (if they’re paying attention), they may know what the televangelist teaches (quick, turn the channel!), but they don’t know what the Word of God teaches. Sad, sad, sad.

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  4. I agree it’s a ploy to get money and it’s a money scheme. I go to a section 501a Church and for those of us Christians that do our homeworks you know what section 501a churches do, VOUCH FOR MONEY. I really don’t care if my church does that, it’s the feeling I get. They’re pentacostals I am not, but I worship the Lord. I understand this verse and yes it does pertain to prayer. Jesus did not vaguely or merely say that if two agree he must answer their prayer, he is saying that if there are two or more he will be in their midst. With that said I don’t see how a simpleton cannot comprehend such teaching. But there are wolves folks so be careful. I believe Jesus is in our Midst using the Holy Spirit, but that does not mean he will automatically answer our prayers. God Bless Folks.

    Praise Y’shua HaMoshiach Ben Elohim!!!!

  5. I feel sorry for you. Your teaching means that you cannot go to a brother or sister in Christ to ask them to pray with you for a need, because if you do you are being a hypocrite. Then don’t call your pastor to ask him to pray for your needs, because you don’t believe in praying in agreement with another. Then don’t even ask your family to pray with you because you do not believe in anyone else praying in agreement for you. You will have to tell them to pray the opposite you are praying because you do not believe in praying in agreement. This is a ridiculous teaching that you are giving here.

    (PN) This has nothing to do with praying for or with one another. It has everything to do with how this is being twisted to give money so the pimps will pray for you. Read it again please.

  6. If you do not pray with others, why does James say, “If any are sick? He should call for the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick well.” Yes one should pray when alone, Yes one should pray in public, Yes one should respond to a friend in need by seeking the face of God in their behalf. Agreement with one another does not replace faith. Our faith is in God not each other. It is important to keep your eye on the goal. That is not one another but a relationship that is live and vital with God.

  7. I agree their teaching is not balanced, but I think calling them demons is a little extreme.

    There are many who believe a little different that are still saved.
    Like all of you on this website. I am sure your theology is not perct and 100% accurate, but you still love Jesus and that is the main thing. Turning into a Pharisee and have a caustic judgemental attitude is as bad as prayer clothes.

  8. so Do you think that there is no need of praying in agreement. So the Corporate is not needed in the Church?
    Phil: Never said any such thing…..the point of this article was the erroneous use of a passage of Scripture to fleece people….

    What do you think that Jesus is saying about Binding and Agreement, is it the sin or sinner or some thing else? if we do it that way will the sinner get rid of the sin? Can you please answer my questions

    Phil: I covered this in the OP….whatever the Disciples decided in regards to church discipline was as good as Jesus saying it…

  9. After reading over the writing by the author and the various comments left by others, i wish to offer up a few thoughts. First of all, prayer is our direct means, through justification in Jesus Christ, to talk with our heavenly father, God. Being a born again christian is the first means to having access to this communication. Second, Jesus directs us to pray as he did himself many times throughout his ministry. We are to go boldly before the throne of God and make our requests and petitions known. That, however, does not mean God will answer them, at that time, or in a way we expect. God, like a parent, wants to hear from his children, which he delights in. He may or may not grant what we ask in the way we ask. Two great ways to be assured God will answer with what we ask is to read the Bible about the thing we are praying on and to listen to the holy spirits inner prompting about what we are asking of. Third, this brings me to a verse found in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 which states “For though we live in the world, we do wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” What are these verses talking about? A dance before God? The mixing of several expensive ingredients to make a magic powder? Mind Control? NO! It is speaking about the greatest way a christian can make a difference in the world, PRAYER! When looking at the world and how it wages war, soldiers come TOGETHER to train and fight. The same principle would apply with prayer. Although we are not fighting the same way a soldier in this world would, we are still human and we are created in Gods image. We are fighting with a different weapon than a rifle or grenades, but when several believers agree on an approach to something and pray about it together and in harmony, things will happen! Also, more than one is a means of wisdom for the christian sister or brother to speak what he or she thinks about the thing that will be prayed upon. Its like devising your battle plan! I say that agreement in prayer provides a sounding board for christians and wisdom to be found about a paticular prayer request. And then, when in harmony, several of Gods children go before him and make the request. I am sure, in whatever way God answers, he is quite delighted that actual discussion is going on about him, the situation, and the fact that his children are looking to him for the answers! Pray together folks!

  10. some people can MAKE themselves believe what they WANT and NEED………..THAT’S why we have more than 100 different faiths with true die-hard followers.

    these preachers, like other garbage, have perpetrated their crimes and talked themselves into accepting themselves and their wrong doing as legitimate……..they like the money so they make THEMSELVES believe.

    choose your ‘friends’ on this ONE basis…….are they true to themselves and others or can they be duped and manipulated into ANYTHING to benefit SELF.

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