Praying friends


I saw God today, in praying friends.

When life knocks at your door an early Monday morning and does not deliver the kind of day you were hoping for, it can leave you feeling discouraged.

That knock might be residue from a tough weekend, a discouraging email you awaken to, or a morning full of cranky family members.  Whatever the cause, the temptation to crawl back in bed and under the covers may loom large.

And while that option may seem like the best one at the time, there is another path to choose.  Ask a friend to pray for you.

To some asking for prayer is second nature, while for others asking falls last on their list.  Some do not ask for fear of being a burden.  Others do not want to appear silly or weak.  And for some asking for helps looks an awful lot like lack of trust and faith.  This could not be further from the truth.  God did not intend for us to walk alone. He did create his body (the church) for a purpose, and while we were not meant to replace Jesus with each other, we were meant to bring each other to him.  He himself is praying for us and waiting to meet us with hope and life.  (Romans 8:34)

Today if you feel yourself wanting to crawl back in bed, or you just can’t seem to shake whatever is bothering you, text or call a friend and ask them to pray for you.  You may just feel your load lighten a bit, as those prayers surround and cover you.  And that Monday you did not ask for…you can just leave at the door.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up…” Ecclesiastes 4:9,10



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