Matthew 18:19 NIV says, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
If you interpret this verse literally as two Christians agreeing about anything, it does not prove true. I believe that the entire Bible is perfect. If this verse could be taken as any two Christians agreeing about something that the outcome would be guaranteed and it worked, then we would all be rich. If you think otherwise you have forgotten our basic nature.
Picture two people agreeing that each should be driving an expensive car. We want the best for our brothers, don’t we? I could do without the car but my brother loves me and he wants me to have it! I think you can see that it wouldn’t be too hard to twist the meaning of the verse to our worldly advantage.
It wouldn’t be any stretch of imagination to picture two individuals realizing that on this earth it takes money to spread the word: because it does. When you factor in human nature it would only be logical that if they prayed for money and Matthew 18:19 was correct then God would pour out that money.
I believe that this logic is so close to correct it confuses many. There are preachers that preach this very idea. The problem is that it leaves out the Spirit of God. The Bible states, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty”. (Money is power) Instead of asking God for money to spread the Word I think it would be better to ask that He give us what ever it takes and leave it up to Him to supply it. It will take money sometimes, but other times it might take something other than money. The Church might need a more enthusiastic leader, or a gift of land, or something that is not apparent at all.
I wonder if anyone else has realized that because the Spirit of God lives in us we are always two! If you are in the wilderness, or in a crowd, you are never alone. Now if you can convince the Spirit of God that you need an expensive car then you will have it.
There might be some situations where such a car would be necessary, or for some other reason that God would give one to a person, so don’t judge it wrong if you see your brother driving one. I am only using a car as an example; it could be any item of luxury. Don’t take me wrong. If God grants you wealth then enjoy it. When I consider 1 Sam 2:7 I think it would be an insult to God not to.
I would write some more on the subject, but I need the time to convince my Spirit that I really need a new Ferrari. Will somebody agree with me? (I’d settle for a Vet)