The prayer of agreement is one of the most powerful tools God has given us.
It is a prayer that Jesus Himself guaranteed would bring results every time.
“If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask,” He said, “it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19, NASB).
Jesus said that if any two on earth agree, He would be in the midst of that agreement to see that it comes to pass. You are on earth, so you qualify. If you agree with another believer as touching anything that lines up with the Word of God, He is there in your midst to carry it out. With guaranteed results like that, why don’t we use this spiritual tool more often?
The prayer of agreement will work with any faith-filled group of people—including a group of friends or a Bible study. It seems to work especially well within a family, between a husband and wife, between parents and children, etc.
There is extraordinary power in family agreement because a family is a God-ordained unit with a collective purpose, and when a family unites in faith around that purpose, the results are astounding! Your family is also where you have the most authority; you make the decisions of what you will or will not tolerate from the devil and what promises you will choose to believe God for.
There is a special support within a family that is like no other, and when a family prays in agreement, mountains will move! Here, we’re sharing some ways to put the power of family agreement to work in your own home to see results.
1. Run a Harmony Check in Your Family
“If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask for, it will be done for them.” (Matthew 18:19, NIV)
The word agree that Jesus uses in Matthew 18:19 can also be translated to harmonize or make a symphony. A symphony is composed of many instruments that seem to be a single voice when played together.
If you’ve ever heard a symphony, you know that when the individual instruments are tuning up, each one playing separately from the other, it’s not much to hear. But when the conductor raises his baton and all those instruments begin to harmonize, the sound they make is tremendously powerful.
The same thing is true in prayer. Believers agreeing together in the Holy Spirit are a powerful, unstoppable force. That’s why Satan fights Christian families. That’s why he doesn’t want men and women unified in marriage. He wants us fighting and fussing all the time because he knows it will hinder our prayers (see 1 Peter 3:7).
Anytime you fail to get results from the prayer of agreement, run a harmony check. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you’re in strife with your husband or wife (or anyone else). Then follow the instructions in Mark 11:25 (KJV), where Jesus tells us, “When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you.”
It is not sufficient for you and your spouse simply to agree on the particular issue you are praying about. You must also be in harmony with one another in other areas, or your prayer will not really be in agreement.
Beyond your own four walls, you must also be in harmony with those outside your home. Mark 11:25 reminds us that when we are praying, we FIRST must forgive anyone we have anything against before our prayers are received. He did not say, “Think about it for six weeks and then forgive if or when you feel better.” He said forgive when you pray.
How important is this? In Galatians 5:6, the Bible says faith works by love. If you are operating with an unforgiving heart, your prayer life will be paralyzed.
The Word says we know we have the petitions we have desired of Him if we do the things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:22). Put these scriptures together, and you quickly see unforgiveness would actually ruin the whole prayer system.
2. Write Down Your Family Agreement
“Write the vision and make it plain.” (Habakkuk 2:2, KJ21)
Here’s why writing down your agreement is so important. Seeing it in black and white on paper will make a difference! You will be more likely to line up your confession and your actions with your agreement.
Here is an example of a prayer of agreement, based on scripture, you could write for a financial prayer.
‘Father, we see in Your Word that You will supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory. We are setting ourselves in agreement that our financial need is met according to Your Word. We believe we receive (be specific) __________________. We establish this agreement, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.’”
(Find a FREE written prayer of agreement for finances to download HERE.)
Amen means, “So be it.” When you stand on the Word, as far as you are concerned, the matter is closed.
3. Refuse to Waver as a Family
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:6-7, NIV)
Now that you have written your family agreement, from that point forward, just thank God for the answer, knowing that you must not waver if you want to see results. To waver is to doubt.
If Satan brings doubt, simply speak to him in the authority of Jesus’ Name and say, “Don’t bring us your lies. Not only is it written in God’s Word, but we have agreed. We have written it down.” As far as you are concerned, the need is met. There is no doubt about it because you have agreed according to the Word of God.
If you ever waver, take it to God, and receive forgiveness for unbelief, reinforce your original decree, and go at it again. We all make mistakes in the walk of faith. The important thing is to keep walking. If you miss it, go at it again. The biggest mistake of all is to become discouraged and quit before you receive your answer.
4. Get Your Family Established on God’s Word
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14, NIV)
The prayer of agreement will only work if it is based on the Word of God. You and your husband or wife might jump up one day and agree that you’ll own a hundred oil wells by midnight, but you’ll never see that prayer of agreement come to pass because it’s not founded on God’s Word.
So when you have a desire as a family, go to the Word first. Find the promise that covers the particular situation you’re praying about. Then write it down and meditate on it until, as Psalm 112:7(KJV) says, your “heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” Get your whole family established on this promise, so your agreement will be based on a firm foundation.
Then, the battle is on! The devil will send all kinds of things your way that are CONTRARY to the Word of God you’ve determined to stand on. Here’s where you need your whole family to come together and STAND.
One way to do this is to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV). You must do that if you’re to see results from your prayers of agreement. Continue to meditate on the Word of God to keep your faith strong (Philippians 4:8).
Say to yourself, “I refuse to think or believe anything contrary to this agreement.” Then, when Satan tries to slip in negative thoughts and break down your faith, you’ll have to tell him, “No, no, no, devil! I don’t believe what you say. I believe what the Word says.”
Then get out your Bible. Go back to the Word and soak your mind in it. Obey Proverbs 4 and keep it before your eyes.
5. Act As If It Is Done as a Family
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24, NIV)
This is where so many believers miss it. They pray the prayer of agreement, taking a faith stand together. Then as soon as they walk out of the prayer closet, they start wringing their hands and saying, “Oh my, I just don’t know what we’re going to do if this problem doesn’t get solved!”
Don’t make that mistake. Once you’ve settled the issue through the prayer of agreement, refuse to act like that issue is a problem anymore. Instead, just start praising God. In every way you can, act as though all is well.
When you have agreed—spirit, and soul (mind)— your actions must come in line. If finances are what you agreed on, expect the money to come in. This is part of being in agreement. You cannot agree in prayer about something, then act the opposite and expect it to come to pass. If you do, your actions will eventually take over your thinking.
The prayer of agreement within a family is a powerful tool. Agreement makes prayer work! So don’t be discouraged by your past experience. Just make the necessary adjustments and keep on in agreement—as a family. You will have what you ask for and stand for in faith, in Jesus’ Name!
As always, if you need a partner to agree with you in prayer, please call our prayer ministers at 0860 10 33 56 or submit a prayer request. Any day of the year, we’re here for you!