A couple of weeks ago I posted the following message on Facebook:
How many married couples and seriously dating couples can I get to take the Oneness Prayer Challenge
together, 30 days, 3-5 minutes a day,starting October 1? Let’s flood heaven’s gates with men and
women praying together.
Be bold and put your name below then put a reminder in your calendar to either get a text prompt
or an email. It couldn’t be easier.
OCTOBER 1, 2015. LET’S PRAY.
I also included a short video from Familylife.com that explained the challenge and the benefits.
Oneness Prayer Challenge
NOT ONE person agreed to join me in praying with his/her spouse for 3 minutes a day for 30 days. There was not one like or share. This completely fascinates me.
Now, it is quite possible that everyone on my friends lists is already praying wholeheartedly with their spouses and do not need to take the challenge. It’s possible but it’s certainly not probable. For one thing, I coach/counsel people who tell me they don’t. For another, take a look at the world, at our families, the struggles we have – seriously, we could all use a bit more active prayer.
Praying with our spouses more than doubles the power we have to stand against the wiles of the enemy. God is a God of multiplication and not by single digits. In Deuteronomy, we discover that, with God, one can chase a 1000 and two can chase 10,000. The footsteps of two lepers convinced an entire army they were about to be massacred. Gideon’s 300 routed more than 100,000. Over and over in scripture we discover the power of two who are centered in God. Nearly everyone knows or has at least heard of Matthew 18:19-20 (NLT)
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my
Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers,
I am there among them.”
This is why I’m perplexed. Thirty days of praying for 3-5 minutes with your spouse, is it too much? Are people skerd? What are the issues that keep us from committing to praying with our spouses? Are people already ‘prayed up?’ Do we know the possibilities if we take the challenge?
The Matthew passage quoted above gives some idea about the promises available to married folk, seriously dating folk, siblilngs, bffs who ‘touch and agree.’
If two – that would be the spouses or seriously dating folk, in this particular cases
agree – (maybe this is the issue??? – I’m asking)
concerning ANYTHING YOU ASK – That’s a big window of opportunity. Jesus does not put qualifiers on it other than the two agree. Imagine the healing, restoration, strengthened financial situations, wayward children returning to their senses, kingdom advances, romance restored, depression lifted, anxiety settled,
My Father in Heaven – that would be Jesus talking about God (since believers were adopted into the family and have been given the right to call God, Abba, that means YOUR Father, MY Father in heaven)
WILL DO IT FOR YOU – can’t be any clearer than that. Whatever we ask, when we agree, God will do!
Joel Osteen tells of an image his father once had. In a huge room in heaven, shelves were lined with boxes upon boxes upon boxes. When asked what they were, he was told they contained blessings God had already laid up for people who never even asked! I do not want any box in heaven to have my name, Gerald’s name, any of my children’s, grand/great-grandchildren’s, nieces’, nephews,’ cousins’, sisters’, brothers’ names on boxes of blessings they do not believe they can have and therefore do not claim.
We could start by being families who pray together. Husbands and wives model this to our children. I’m not saying it is an easy thing to do but Day 30 will be different than day 1 – and there just may be some boxes being opened in Heaven.
Where two or three gather in my name – spouses, maybe a child or two at some point??
I am there! Jesus, our big brother, our intercessor, the lover of our souls, the sacrificial lamb, the one whose shed blood paid for every sin we’d ever commit, promises to BE PRESENT. So, even if your spouse is getting on your nerves, for 3-5 minutes a day, Jesus will stand between the two, strengthen and encourage as you seek agreement on the prayer before God at that time.
This sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
Welp, tomorrow starts the Challenge. It’s not too late to join me. Just for the record, Family Life did the actual challenge in September. I did not know about it in time to get on board with that challenge.
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