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Jesus says that when two or three gather together in his name, then prayers will be answered. However, we pray for peace, and yet see war. Has Jesus broken his promise?
Thank you for your interesting set of comments and questions. I hope this answer will encourage and inform you.
Firstly, you are right to say God wants us to pray about peace. There are certain places in the Bible where God's people are told to pray for peace:
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
I wonder if we did not pray for peace, how much worse may the world be? If God left the world to its own devices how long would it stand? How do we know that God is not constantly stopping terrible things from happening?
Jesus warned us that there would be natural disasters and wars, and also encouraged us to pray for peace. They do not have to be mutually exclusive, but can live alongside each other. There will be war, so let us pray for peace; man is the cause of war and we should pray for God's peace to transform lives. The passage says that God wants all people to be saved, but many people sadly live a life apart from God.
Secondly I believe you have wrongly understood the Bible in regard to Jesus and prayer. The Bible passage I believe you are referring to is Matthew 18:15-20:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them"
This passage is specifically regarding disagreements in the Church and not about prayer meetings. It essentially says: IF two or more people are in agreement about a disagreement or sinful situation within the Church, it proves Jesus is with them as the head of the Church, He promises to be with them. This passage is in context of church discipline, not about general prayers. Jesus does not break his promises, He is true and loving, He is truth:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
I am sorry if you have experienced an answer to prayer that is not yes to something you want. God always answers prayer, sometimes he says yes, other times he says no or wait. Just because two people pray something together it does not mean that it will happen. We are to pray in accordance with God's will. It is 'your Kingdom come, your will be done', not 'our kingdom come, our will be done'.
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
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