Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)
A Prayer for Praying
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for calling me to be a fellow workman and a laborer together with You. I commit to pray and not to give up. Jesus, You are the Son of God, and I will never stop trusting You. So I come boldly to the throne of my gracious God. There I receive mercy and find grace to help when I need it. There are times I do not know what I ought to pray for. Holy Spirit, I submit to Your leadership and thank You for interceding for us with groans that words cannot express. You search hearts and know the mind of the spirit, because You intercede for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Therefore, I am assured and know that all things work together and are for my good, because I love God and am called according to His design and purpose. I resist the temptation to be anxious about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving continue to make my wants and the wants of others known to God. Whatever I ask for in prayer, I believe that it is granted to me, and I will receive it. Now my earnest heartfelt and continued prayer makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working. Father, I live in You, abide vitally united to You, and Your words remain in me and continue to live in my heart. Therefore, I ask whatever I will, and it shall be done for me. In Jesus name and so be it.
What is a mantle in the Bible?
Although there are variations of the meaning of mantle in the Bible, the main idea is that of a covering such as a cloak or other article of clothing. In biblical times, a mantle was typically a large, loosely fitting garment made of animal skin, probably sheepskin. Several people are mentioned as wearing a mantle, including Job (Job 1:20) and Ezra (Ezr.9:5). Prophets were known for wearing mantles as a sign of their calling from God (1 Kin.19:13). The prophet Elijah “threw his cloak around [Elisha]” as a symbol of Elijah’s ministry being passed on to Elisha. The prophet’s mantle was an indication of his authority and responsibility as God’s chosen spokesman (2 Kin.2:8). Some theologians see the mantle as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Person who empowers God’s people to do God’s work (Mic.3:8, Matt.12:28, Eph.3:16). It served a symbolic purpose, in the case of the prophets, showing they were wrapped in God’s authority. Like all imagery in the Old Testament, the mantle presents a visible representation of a New Testament principle. The mantle can be seen as a symbol of the anointing of the Holy Spirit whom God so graciously gives to all Christians, the people of His choosing (1 Thess.1:5–6, 1 Pet.2:9).