Updated: Jan 19, 2019
Love. When God talks about His Love for us, it goes further than feelings and emotions but is the direct correlation to His actions and attitude. Those are the same attributes I want more so to take on of Him, the characteristics of His love. One of the most significant actions of loving one another is praying for each other and with each other.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20 KJV).
What a great reminder to know that the Jesus is in the middle of our spiritual conversation interceding to the Father on behalf of you and I. Take a moment to look at the last two verses before verse 20.
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. And again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:18-19 KJV).
To better understand the concept of Matthew 18: 18-19 there has to be an understanding of differences between what happens here on earth and what is happening in the heavenlies. WE the CHURCH signify the bride of Christ here on earth while the kingdom of the heavens are made up of both the earthly and heavenly realms which all of these things that are mentioned in both verses 18 &19 have been decided by God in the Kingdom of Heaven and are to be emulated by the CHURCH here on earth. The word “whatsoever” means to be reduplicated, therefore, we cannot decisively make these pronouncements on our own of what is to bound our loosen but to confirm those decisions of what has already been made and done by God Himself in the context of what His word says about His Kingdom both on earth and in heaven ( Zodhiates, S., & Baker, W. (2008) p.1204 and 2203). Therefore, when we pray on what His word says and stand on what His word says, we are able to confirm His goodness, His mercy, His healing, His strength, His omnipotence over our lives, our situation, and our circumstances.
To be your sister’s keeper is to be her protector. The word protector is a transitive verb which means to protect someone, or something, to prevent them from being harmed or damaged (Definition of 'protect,' 2019). Many of us want to protect the ones we love from any harm, but very seldom can we physically do it. The inability to physically protect should not discourage you to defeat nor give up hope. To be effective in protecting the ones we love and for anyone really is to call on the One who can protect. And He has a specific name that allows us to experience His nature that fits this situation. He is JEHOVAH SABAOTH – The LORD our Protector – The GOD of the Angel Armies which is mentioned repeatedly within the bible but first appears in 1 Samuel 1:3 as the “Lord of Host” but the Hebrew phrase is JEHOVAH SABAOTH. The only way we can be each other’s keeper each other’s protector is if we call upon our Father who is name PROTECTOR.
God’s names reveal His person unto us. The distinction of His character can manifest in our lives through the calling out of His name which confirms what He has already made and done by His word on what was predestined for our lives in Christ. The real battle is done in prayer and the real battle is being done in realms of where the human eye cannot see. It is God who sends His angels out to fight our battles and win our wars against Satan’s schemes by the command of His word only.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV says that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Understand your battle, understand the tactics that God wants us to use, and understand that utilizing His word and the calling out His name that describes the situation from out of our mouths activates the biggest threat that weakens enemy forces. Thank you for being your sister's keeper. Thank you for being each others protector and most importantly thank you for being her prayer warrior.
Zodhiates, S., & Baker, W. (2008). Hebrew-Greek key word study Bible: Key insights into Gods word: King James version, authorized version. Chattanooga, TN: AMG.
Definition of 'protect'. (2019, January 14). Retrieved from Collins English Dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/protect