There is no need to point fingers or pop the dunce cap; this is a simple mistake if you are not familiar with the original context. The goal of looking at the abused verses is to encourage us to take a closer look at the writing and learn the context of what we read. We are not the original audience of the Gospel of Matthew, so we have to work a little harder to understand what the details mean. What I mean is that we do not know the culture, history, style of writing and cross-sectional references of the Alttestament, like someone who lived in Matthew`s time. Go to prayer. Text— » Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree to touch anything they ask, it will happen to them by my Father, who is in heaven. » –Matthew XVIII 19. HITHERTO, in dealing with the subject of prayer, I limited my remarks to secret prayer. I must now speak of social prayer or prayer offered in company, where two or more are united in prayer. Such encounters have been common since Christ and even hundreds of years ago.
And it`s probably… Charles Grandison Finney – Lectures on the rebirth of religion, I want to know, since I live alone, is God mine in the fog? Where two people gather, I`m in the fog. What if there was only one person? If you have read any of the other articles in this series, you know that we need to look at the context to see what is wrong with the number of people who use this verse. But before we do, can you see some problems with the idea that God will grant the request of those who gather and agree in prayer? First, Jesus said in his name « where two or three are gathered, » so how could this apply to attitudes of four or more? And why will two or three believers come together so that Jesus may be in their midst? Isn`t he already present in every believer? So even if a Christian prays, isn`t Jesus already there? The idea that is generally promoted is that if two or more people are gathered to agree on something and they ask God in prayer, then Jesus will be present and God will respond to their request. 12, 13. How do you feel about that? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them is wrong, it is another of those grave proverbs that our Lord has uttered more than once. See on the magnificent parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:4-7 . Only the object there is to show what the good shepherd will do, even if only one of his sheep is lost to find it; Here, the object is supposed to show how reluctant he is to lose it when found.
As a result is added, Again, I tell them vnto that if two of you agree on earth to touch something they will ask for, it will be made for them from my father who is in Heauen.- King James version (1611) – See 1611 Bible Sweep »Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth do something about something they can ask for – they ask. It will be made for them by My Father, who is in heaven.- New standard American version (1995)I tell you again: If two of you on earth will agree that they will touch everything they ask, it will happen to them from my Father who is in heaven.- American standard version (1901)I tell you again: What they will ask , will do it for them by my Father in heaven.- Basic English Bible As I tell you, if two of you agree on the earth on anything, let them always ask, it is from my Father who is in heaven that he will come to them.- Darby`s Bible I say to you: If two of you will agree on the earth , this will be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. – Webster`s Bible I solemnly tell you: if two of you here on earth agree on everything they ask for, the blessing of my Father who is in heaven will come to them. – Weymouth Bible I will tell you that if two of you will agree on earth on everything they ask for them, it will be done by my Father, who is in heaven.- Weymouth Bible I tell you with certainty that if two of you will agree on the earth on everything they ask