Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Matthew 18:19-20 NIV
Old Man Winter is putting a hurt on the good ole’ U.S.A. in 2021. Texas is getting a whooping. Most of us are not feeling much love weather wise in the month of February. Just this week we have had three sets of snow falls that have kept our church crew busy in cleaning out driveways for those in need or simply those who were blessed. While digging out a driveway of one of our widows in the church, she shouted at me from the garage to come over and try out her snow shovel. She was proud of that steel shoveling device. I took it for a spin around the driveway and I was hooked. This shovel had a thin edge that cut through the snow that gets packed down onto the driveway when a car drives over the snow. If you allow those packed places to stay, they turn to ice later and become a hazard. This shovel with a little elbow grease cut right through it for a smooth finish. Add the ergonomic handle and you have yourself a mighty fine winter apparatus. If I didn’t know better, I think I just wrote a commercial for the snow shovel.
Prayer is like a good snow shovel that not only removes the snow but does so with a thin edge that cuts through the ice. Over this past week, our crew did over 40 driveways. What made the week a success were the people, shovels and snow blowers. Think of effective prayer with those three elements. People coming together to pray is powerful. We can do a lot on our own, but we can do so much more together. Our text today is a spiritual snow shoveling extravaganza. When we join together and agree, our prayers not only accomplish much, but our gathering also invites the presence of the Lord in our midst.
I was so thankful for the members of the team who took time to bundle up and get out there in the cold to shovel snow. I am also thankful for the equipment, especially the blue snow shovel. People, shovels and snow blowers helped get the job done in less time than it would have taken for one person. That is just like God showing up to do the job through prayer. When we pray, God comes and with His power, the things that were impossible or at least extremely hard to do, become possible and easier through prayer.
Quit working so hard to shovel out the spiritual driveway of life’s circumstances. Storms come for sure. And like this week, they dump a lot of snow, but you do not need to handle it alone. Pray! Ask God for help. Ask other to pray with you. When you do, they will pick up their blue snow shovels and chisel the ice made by the enemy. Join others in praying for their needs to. Ask how you can pray for others and when you come together to worship – pray! Come equipped and move mountains of snow together.