I always remember people quoting this verse often when praying in a group. Matthew 18:20 says “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” I’ve always found this interesting because of the potential implications it leaves on other situations. Here’s a couple of questions that could be asked:
- Is God ever in our midst if we are alone?
- Is God ever in our midsts if we are with a group of 4 or more?
- Because “two or three” is the wording used by Jesus, is that the suggested and most effective group size for prayer?
- What does it mean exactly that Jesus would be in our midst? What is the difference between Jesus’ presence with two or three, versus being alone?
I remember always thinking that it was “cool” that Jesus said that he was with us when we prayed with 2+ people, but looking back now, I really never understood the implication and significance of this, and I still don’t. To me it “seems” that it shouldn’t matter if I’m by myself praying, or if I’m with a group of fifty people. I want to believe that prayer is still effective either way.
How do you understand this verse? How would you answer the questions I posed?