Wherever Two Or Three Are Gathered

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?



2 thoughts on “Wherever Two Or Three Are Gathered

  1. I think the context is also really important when talking about this verse. It is in the context of church discipline and seems to be assuring the disciples that God will be with them even in challenging situations like that. What are your thoughts when you read the larger context of that verse?

    • Kory – I agree with you. I think that it is just very commonly used out of context to try and make people feel better when praying or gathering as a group. Reality is, we have the Spirit already, no matter if we are alone, or with 10,000 others.

      In context, I agree that it isn’t a formula, but rather an assurance and encouragement.

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