Why bother praying?!
|'Pray without ceasing'|
The reality is that we do become weary not necessarily by the big things but by the little things which build up and get on top of us. As one of my friends likes to say: “it is not the Cross or the nails, it is the splinters!”. It is humbling to admit you are struggling with a problem you cannot handle. Some people will not let down their façade of being in control; they insist they can and will handle the situation, no matter what. However, it is easy in life to become worn down by the day to day difficulties of each day.It is hard to motor on when we can’t see beyond our own pain and tears and the road seems so solitary that we are afraid to take the next step. Imagine what it would be like to have absolutely no burdens at all. I realize that life and love are all about burdens and how we bear them. Burdens are a part of life, and those who are burdened are those who love and through love we find that we are alive. But we are not on our own! There is always ‘Aaron and Hur’ to hold up our arms in prayer. Ok, so someone is not coming to come and literally hold up our arms, that would be just weird! However, people can hold us up in prayer, support us when we are down and find it hard to rise from the dust of our own weakness and insecurity. We can pray with them and be there for them.
But why do we pray for others? It is not that we are any better or superior than those who need to be prayed for. We all need to be prayed for as we are reminded in James 5:16 to "pray for one another". It sounds like a simple request but the Lord urges this upon us because He knows the power of prayer. He knows what prayer can do, not only for the ones for whom we have prayed but for us as well. We need to pray, not to impress God but because it strengthens us and increases our faith. Intercession helps us to see with spiritual eyesight the needs of others and to lift our voices to God's throne on behalf of others once we see that need. Praying for others requires we lay aside our own selfish needs. Intercessory prayer is open and unselfish. But all of us have been called to pray and to pray often. The prayer of others for me in times of challenge and difficulty has always been a firm support in my life and for this I am grateful.
You are all held close in my prayers, never forget that! Let God take the weight of the burden you were never meant to carry by yourself. In exchange, He will give you the Holy Spirit's power to enable you to face any of life's challenges. In your kindness, remember this little sister in your prayers too! Thanks.