There are days that you think that you will crumble under the weight of all that seems to be going wrong. Actually, for some, there were years when you feel that way. For me, one of the ways I dealt with this often-present weight was asking friends to pray for us. I would stand in line almost every Sunday, desperate for prayer. Those prayers sustained us.
The truth is, as valid as those request were, and as much as we needed those prayers, some people grew tired of them. Regardless of their urgency to me, they began to be received with weariness by some close friends. This certainly was true for some of the intercessors who lined up in front of the church at the end of every Sunday service. “Keep coming up!” the Pastor encouraged. I swallowed all pride, and I did.
Some bad stuff happened this week. There was a shift this last season, though, and I no longer feel compelled to call upon my friends as if their prayers mean life or death to us.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t ask for prayer! We must, or in our isolation, we will fall. It’s the enemy’s intent for us to withhold requests. He’ll overwhelm us with pride, or shame, or fear of what people will think, to keep those prayer needs from being shared. We must ask for prayer. God intends His people to pray for one another! (See James 5:16)
We must ask for prayer, or in our isolation, we will fall. It’s the enemy’s intent for us to withhold requests.
We do know that God has made us stronger, because years later, it takes a lot more to rattle us. We know we are exercising faith muscles and growing. But we just want out from under the problems, the issues, the stacks of mail, the relationships that we can’t run away from but are hard. We are weary.
Sometimes it takes a fresh, pre-Autumn day to remind us of God’s take on our lives. We can become so accustomed to life's blows that we really lose perspective! The enemy wants us to be focused on the floor below us, with our heads down, not on our big and merciful God! Our omnipotent God is not surrounded by the gloom that we may feel! Lamentations 3:22-23 gives us God’s perspective on the day;
“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”
“Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, might…we are good to go!
The most amazing part of all is that these gifts are given without condemnation! James 1:5 encourages us; “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
How did you mess up? What sin did you commit? Is this just warfare, or much more? Why you? These questions can harass us! Whatever the answers, when we ask, He will guide us. The "accuser of the breathren" (see Revelation 12:10) lies and condemns us. When we focus on God, He will give us peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
If the Holy Spirit convicts you that you have had a part in your hard situation, reassurance is yours; I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If you feel confused, whether you can pinpoint what went wrong or not, ask God to forgive your part and forget it! God wipes our slates clean at that moment! Oftentimes we bring condemnation on ourselves by forgetting this.
God wipes our slates clean at that moment! Oftentimes we bring condemnation on ourselves by forgetting this.
In every way, today is a fresh start! God can do whatever He needs to in order to deliver us from what oppresses us! Hebrews 13:6 says, “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’”
Definitely ask for prayer as God leads you to! But do so with your head held high. You are not helpless. Know that today is decidedly a new day, and it is the beginning of a new season where God has unforeseen and wonderful things ahead for you! Romans 8:38 says it best;
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”