The news I had received was heart wrenching. It brought sorrow to my heart and nearly unbearable pain to my spirit. It was the kind of news you are hesitant to share. The kind you really don’t want just anyone to know.
For days I spoke only to Lord about it. There is nothing that he is not already aware of and nothing we speak to him about, that he will judge in the same way others might. He uses everything that touches our life for a purpose. This was my only comfort during this time.
Because I am a woman of prayer, it began to bother my spirit that I was not able to ask others to pray alongside me. To petition the Lord to help in a seemingly hopeless situation.
I needed someone I could trust, someone who would not judge, someone to know my heartache and care how much I hurt. Someone who was a reliable prayer partner.
We as a people cannot see the big picture, know all the circumstances that surround events that find their way into another’s life and threatens to destroy them. Not knowing all the facts and fears that someone else is living through, the burdens that they carry.
How many times when we hear news of certain type do find ourselves passing judgement before we know the facts? Even Gods’ people do that, churches do that, and I fear even you and I do that.
It was days before I was able to carefully select the right person to share my burden with. Someone in whom I trust for compassion and unbiased love. Someone who is humble enough to understand and not judge. Someone who truly cares for me and what is going on in my life.
Now I have a prayer partner and somehow it makes my burden lighter. I know that their prayer life is a good one. When thy say that will pray, they do. I know their walk with the Lord, and I know that I have enlisted the right person. God hears and answers her prayers and right now I need her voice.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. Matthew 18:20
This situation has caused me to consider how important it is when we commit to pray for someone. All churches have growing prayer lists printed in their bulletins, but how many of the members really use it to pray for the needs of those written names? Few, on a regular basis I fear.
I see too often how quick we are to say we will pray for a situation someone is going through. Those words are quick to be spoken or written by us but not always performed. Oh we might through up a quick prayer, and then forget thereafter about that promise.
So with that I challenge myself to be more careful and diligent with my commitment to truly pray for someone, and when I do commit, purpose myself, to in fact do so.
How about you? Do you really follow though? Have you ever had someone thank you for your prayers, to realize you had forgotten to pray?