If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
The Guinness Book of World Records has fascinated readers since its debut in 1955. Cataloguing everything from “most tattoos” to “largest cheese sculpture,” the book’s pages are a celebration of the biggest and best. In 2009, it even bestowed the record “Person with the Most Records” on Ashrita Furman, winner of 100 Guinness records
In today’s passage, Jesus upends our love for everything big and outwardly impressive. First, He emphasizes the value of a single individual to the body of Christ. Neither a childlike believer (v. 10), nor a doubting and wandering church member (vv. 12–14), nor the person who has separated himself from the Christian community by deliberate sin (vv. 15–17) should be ignored or forgotten. Each “little one” is important.
And, likewise, when a tiny group of
believers comes together in prayer,
they shouldn’t be dismissed either. Even
two people on their knees can agree
before God. This agreement has three
strands: the believers agree with Christ
when “two or three gather in my name”
(v. 20). They agree with one another
“if two of you on earth agree” (v. 19).
And the Father agrees with their united
prayer, “it will be done for them by my
Father in heaven” (v. 19). A handful of
praying people are important.
Though our times of coming together
for intercession may never win any
world records, they are accompanied
by something much better: the promise
of Christ’s presence. We gather in His
name, with His brothers and sisters,
giving Him praise, and asking for things
that please Him. Then, by His Spirit,
He will be with us. When two or three
people pray together, Jesus will attend
every time. And the Father will not
deny the intercessions of a prayer
meeting where Christ is also praying
(see Heb. 7:25).
Apply the Word
It can be discouraging to plan or attend a church meeting and have only a few people show up. We can be tempted to think that nothing significant will happen when our numbers are so small. The next time this happens, remember that Christ affirms your value and is present with you no matter how tiny your gathering.
Pray with Us
Pray for the Undergraduate faculty of the Intercultural Studies department today as they train students to minister worldwide. We give thanks for the instruction of Samuel Naaman, Andrew Pflederer, and Michael Rydelnik.