Gather Together

“Where two or three gather together in my name, there I am with them.”

(Matthew 18:20)

There is tremendous power in prayer and community — power to heal, to overcome, to do good works, to change the world for good.

Sometimes we can mistake the meaning. Often people hope this means that if we will pray the right way or with enough effort, and say it “in Jesus name,” we will be granted whatever we ask for. That’s not what he was saying, at all.

It’s important to know what he means by gathering “in my name.”

This verse is translated from original Greek texts, and the Greek word for “name” is “onoma.” The word “onoma” carries more significance than just a name, like Bob or Mary or John. It involves the whole being of a person — their likeness, identity, personality and soul, not just the worldly words we use to call a person.

When the Bible refers to calling on the “name” of the Lord, or when Jesus says to do things in his “name,” we have to realize the depth of what that means. It’s more than just saying a word, but rather being conscious of the whole being and character of God and Jesus.

When we do things or ask for things in Jesus’s name, it means we do those things or ask for those things, in the same way he would do — in his spirit, in his motives, in his likeness, and in his image.

It has been said that we, as followers of Christ, are the hands and feet of Jesus. We are to be the voice and presence of God, in action. That’s a big responsibility, but it’s also a powerful appointment.

Where two or three, or even more, are gathered together in the likeness and spirit of Christ seeking to do the will of God, rather than seeking our own will, that is where the power comes. That is when the mighty force of God begins to work miracles in us and through us, and to bless us and others in ways that far exceed our human expectations.

What an amazing gift and power that is!

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