Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.
— Matthew 18:19,20, HCSB
We had a very precious season, for the promise of the Saviour was fulfilled, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst.” When Jesus meets with his people, his blessing rests upon those who assemble for the purpose of worshipping God. We need to cherish and cultivate a spirit of true worship, a spirit of devotion, upon the Lord’s holy, sanctified day. We should assemble together believing that we shall receive comfort and hope, light and peace, from Jesus Christ.
After [a short discourse] we had a social meeting, when a number of testimonies were borne. We know that the Lord comforted those who were witnesses for Christ. The preaching service should generally be short, so that an opportunity may be given to those who love God to express their gratitude and adoration. Prayer and praise offered to God by his believing children honor and glorify his name.
The church of God upon the earth are one with the church of God above. Believers on the earth, and those who have never fallen in heaven, are one church. Every heavenly intelligence is interested in the assemblies of the saints who on earth meet to worship God in spirit and truth and in the beauty of holiness.
In the inner court of heaven they listen to the testimonies of the witnesses for Christ in the outer court on earth, and the praise and thanksgiving that come from the church below are taken up in the heavenly anthem, and praise and rejoicing resound through the heavenly court because Christ has not died in vain for the fallen sons of Adam... O that we could all realize the nearness of heaven to earth!
Let us all bear in mind that in every assembly of the saints below are the angels of God, listening to the thanksgiving, the praise, the supplication that is offered by the people of God in testimonies, songs, and prayers. Let them remember that their praises are supplemented by the choirs of the angelic host above.
We are members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.
— Signs of the Times, June 6, 1895
Assemble together after the preaching service so an opportunity may be given to those who love God to express their gratitude and adoration.
Honor and glorify His name by offering prayer and praise to God.
Realize the nearness of heaven to earth!
In every assembly offer thanksgiving, praise and supplication through your testimonies, songs and prayers.