Praying The Presence

To state the obvious, the key thing about prayer is God.  The Presence of God.  Duhhhhh.
But seriously.  It sometimes seems as if we treat prayer as some kind of magic incantation that somehow rubs God’s belly the right way and yields the results we want.
Take the way we treat this er prayer promise from Jesus:
If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in My Name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:19-20).
Sometimes we act like an accountant in prayer, making sure we have the minimum of two to pray and agree, so that it will be done.Other times we act like a broadcaster in prayer, making sure that we have the widest possible audience to pray and agree, so that it will be done.  This as if the numbers, and our cooperation, is what makes God cough up what we want from Him.
Jesus tells us that it’s His Presence that matters in prayer:  there am I with them.  When we pray with others (even one other), we’re more apt to connect with the Presence of Jesus, and come to agreement with Him in His Prayer, such that it will be done.
So, as we pray, let’s make sure, however it comes about, to Pray The Presence.

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