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Bowen's Daily Meditations
Devotional: May 26th
’’If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them." - Matthew 18:19.
Men are fully aware of many of the advantages of partnerships. They even form partnerships for the prosecution of some labors that would seem most likely to be well performed by a single individual; as for instance, the labors of authorship. But they are not aware that any gain would result from entering into partnership, with the promises of God as their capital, and the throne of grace as their place of business.
The encouragement of the text does not address itself merely to an association formed of two persons; the context shows that it does not. But our Lord teaches that association in prayer is so exceedingly profitable, that even if two only should embark in it, there would be grand results. Let three, four, or a hundred and twenty, of one accord, of one mind, seek to utilize the promises; commensurate fruits shall appear in some early day of Pentecost. The great thing is not the numbers, but the agreement. The prayer of two whose souls are at tuned to exactly the same key, and who have learned to merge their separate interests in one common interest, shall prevail more than the prayer of tens of thousands, whose minds are occupied, more or less, with lingering considerations of purely personal good.
The Church in these latter times has grasped earnestly at the advantages connected with association; and the number of its societies is beyond estimate. But it is comparatively overlooked that association in prayer should take the lead of every other association. Upon the plateau in front of the mercy-seat, God, as it were, sees innumerable suppliants, each one, in some sense or other, standing by himself; and hears innumerable petitions which only accidentally coalesce, for the most part are quite different in sentiment and aim from one another, and sometimes are strangely opposed to one another. Now God would teach us that in prosecuting our associate enterprises, we must prosecute them with united prayer.
The prizes held out to believing prayer, are also prizes for Christian concord of the most intimate kind. Oh, who can tell what mighty, what magnificent freight of celestial treasure will reach the shores of this world, when Christians bind them selves together with the utmost stringency, before the mercy seat? surrendering all divided interests, and constituting them selves one firm; feeling that all depends upon their absolute agreement. Cannot every parent understand this? Is it not his delight when a gift bestowed on one child is a gratification to all? Is it not a grief to him to observe that his children have divided interest? Ten thousand prayers are dismissed daily, with this one word, " Love one another with pure hearts fervently."
'Daily Meditations' is a daily devotional written by a Baptist Missionary to India, Reverend George Bowen over 100 years ago. The book was published in 1865 by the Presbyterian Publication Committee and is in the public domain.
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