This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations of subject-verb correspondence (section 10:1001). Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he was finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.” formally in accordance with what was said or approved at the same time, in a way that shows complete agreement Note: The word dollar is a special case. When talking about a sum of money, we need a singularverb, but when referring to the dollars themselves, a plural reference is required. But when you pray, go to your room and close the door and pray to your father, who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 20. For which two or three are gathered in my name – or “in my name”. I am there in their midst – in this passage – so full of sublime encouragement to Christian union in action and prayer – first observe the bond in which it finds itself. Our Lord had spoken of congregational meetings before which the stubborn perversity of a brother had to be brought to the last instance and whose decision had to be final – such an honor is best placed by the Lord of the Church over his legitimate congregations. But it is not these meetings that only make him disgust to be and honor. For even two who unite to bring something before Him will discover that they are not alone, for My Father is with them, Jesus says.
Then observe the premium that is placed here on the union in prayer. Since this cannot exist with less than two, abandoning it as low as this number, He encourages unification in this exercise to the greatest land imaginable. But what kind of association? Not an agreement to pray only together, but to pray for a certain cause. “Like touching everything they have to ask,” says our Lord, “everything they are willing to ask for together. At the same time, it is clear that at that time He had certain things in His eyes as the most appropriate and necessary subjects for such a concerted prayer. The Twelve had “incited, by the way, to the wretched question of primacy in the kingdom of their master,” and this, when it fueled their depravity, had led to “offenses” to their souls – or at least in danger of producing them. The Lord Himself had taught them how to deal with one another in such matters. “But now he`s showing them a better way.” That they bring all these things—yes, and anything that might affect their own loving relationship with one another or the good of His kingdom in general—to their Heavenly Father; and if they only agree to ask Him for this cause, it will be done for them by His Father, who is in heaven. But beyond that, it is not only the union in prayer for the same thing – for it can be with very heartbreaking ideas of the cause that can be desired – but it is the symphonic prayer, the prayer of like-minded people, members of a family, servants of a Lord, limited by the same love, fighting under a banner, acclaimed by assurances of the same victory; a living and loving union, whose voice in the divine ear is like the sound of many waters. As a result, what they ask for “on earth” is done for them, Jesus says, “through my Father, who is in heaven.” It is not for nothing that He says “of MY FATHER” – not “OF YOUR FATHER”; as can be seen in the following: “For where two or three are gathered in My Name” – “Mine” is emphatic, “there I am in their midst.” Just as his name would prove magical to gather many groups of his dear disciples, so if there were only two or three, it would be drawn in their midst; and as connected as He is to both parties, supplicants and supplications—to one on earth by the binding of His accepted flesh, and to the other to heaven by the binding of His eternal Spirit—their symphonic prayers on earth would flow upward through Him into heaven, would be carried by Him in the holiest of all, and thus attain the throne..