Pray that the Lord would touch the saints to realize their need for the one accord and would burden them to pray desperately for the one accord, the real harmony, that God may answer their prayers, especially in the matter of fruit-bearing (Matt. 18:19-20; Acts 1:14; John 15:16).

Matt. 18:19-20—Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are in harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they ask, it will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens. For where there are two or three gathered into My name, there am I in their midst.

Acts 1:14—These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

John 15:16—You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you. 

In Matthew 18:19-20…the Lord said that if His disciples pray in one accord, their prayer will surely be heard and answered.

Now we need to ask, what is the one accord?…In Matthew 18:19 the Greek word sumphoneo is used for one accord. It means “to be in harmony, or accord” and refers to the harmonious sound of musical instruments or voices. Eventually, the one accord, or the harmony of inward feeling among the believers, becomes like a melody, like music. Every proper melody is harmonious. When we have the one accord, in the eyes of God we become a melody to Him. We become a poem not merely in writing but in sound, in voice, in melody. Our one accord must be like a harmonious melody. Such a one accord is the nucleus of the oneness. In other words, oneness is like a nut, and the one accord is like the kernel of that nut. In Acts 1:14 another Greek word, homothumadon, is used for one accord. This word is from homo, “same,” and thumos, “mind, will, purpose (soul, heart).” The word denotes “a harmony of inward feeling in one’s entire being.”…

If among those in a group there is no one accord, what can the Lord do with them? This is why my burden concerning the vital groups is so heavy. I am very clear that we do not have the full and complete one accord among us. Therefore, in a sense it is hard for the Lord to move freely among us. If we are not in one accord, God has no way to answer our prayer. If God does not have a way to answer our prayer, what can He do with us? Without the one accord, it is difficult to get people saved, converted, and regenerated by the dynamic salvation of God. Thus, our inadequacy in the one accord is a sickness that is more than serious. We have been sick for years, yet we might have been unconscious of our sickness. We may come to the meetings, praise the Lord, and prophesy, but we may do all these things without being conscious of the fact that we do not have the adequate one accord…

We are still here for the oneness, yet within us there is an inadequacy in the one accord. Because of this, it is hard for the Lord to answer our prayer, especially in the matter of fruit-bearing for the increase of the Lord’s recovery. For this, surely we need to humble ourselves before Him. (CWWL, 1991-1992, vol. 3, “Fellowship concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups,” pp. 429-432)

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