Have you ever watched someone you love travel a path towards destruction? Some decisions are life-altering, multigenerational, take-no-prisoners kind of mistakes that affect everything and everyone they touch. It’s like watching an avalanche in slow motion, and you feel helpless.
Recently, I trusted a close friend to share a weighty situation with me. Writing helps me process things, but in general I can be very private. A framed reminder to pray without ceasing hangs on her wall, and she promised to remember my request. When she asked what she could do help I said, “At this point it all comes down to prayer, and that’s what you’re doing.”
Too often, I turn to prayer as a last resort, as an “I’ve done everything else I can do, so now I’ll hand it over to God” alternative. But when you come to the end of yourself, you realize God is the only hope. He always was. I imagine that if could pray without ceasing, 24/7, He will hear me and fix my problems. My friend reminded me He does hear me and He knows my needs.
Even when we don’t know what or how to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.
In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness,
because we do not know what to pray for as we should,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.
Romans 8:26 (CSB)
As women and mothers, we are wired to defend and safeguard our loved ones. We instinctively protect all of our people from all of the things, even pain — and sometimes even when it is themselves they need protection from. But what happens when you can’t shield them or when they won’t listen? That’s when we pray even harder.
Our family used to joke that my grandmother and great aunts were professional worriers. They weren’t happy unless they had something to fret about. I’ve learned an important lesson over the years: worry solves nothing, but prayer can change everything.
You and I cannot soften a hardened heart, but Jesus can.
You and I cannot heal a broken spirit, but Jesus can.
You and I cannot change a stubborn mind, but Jesus can.
You and I cannot see what the future holds, but Jesus can.
The God of the universe is strong enough to hold all things in place and to glue together the broken pieces of our hearts.
He is before all things,
and by him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17 (CSB)
Many of us deal with heartaches that feel like they’re too much to bear. There’s a popular saying that God won’t give us more than we can handle, but it completely misses the point: He never intended for us to do it alone.
Here at (in)courage we have an incredibly supportive community. We reach through the comment box and hold each other’s hands, lift each other up, and pray each other through like no place online I’ve ever seen. Two years ago when my husband lost his job, you walked through it with me, month by month, and I remain grateful.
Sisters, our prayers have power, and I believe the Lord honors our faithfulness when we bring our needs before Him and put our trust in Him. Today, I humbly ask for your prayers, and if you have a need, please leave it in the comments and allow us to pray for you too.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 (KJV)
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