I Am Counting On You!
I lead a small discipleship group, in which I have been encouraging the members to pray for one another. I strongly believe that prayer is a simple, yet powerful tool to affect change in each other’s lives. So I asked each person to commit to pray for one another during the coming week. Each one committed to do so.
During our meeting the following week, I asked if any of them had followed through with their commitment to pray for each other. I was met with a sea of blank stares. Sadly, not only had all but one forgotten entirely about the prayer commitment, but no one had actually prayed. A few weeks passed, and every week when asked if anyone had prayed, maybe one person had actually remembered and taken the time to pray for the others.
One of the young men in the group served in the IDF in a combat unit. I asked him, if during battle, he could trust the men in his unit to do their job; he said, “Yes, of course!” I then asked him if they could also trust him, to which he said, “Yes.” I asked, “So why is it that we as believers come to our weekly meetings just to find out that the other men on our team did not do their job? How can we trust one another in the battle?”
The truth is, we followers of the Messiah are in the midst of a war – a Spiritual war. It is not a war against flesh and blood but against the dark powers of the world (Ephesians 6:12). We cannot live victoriously by ourselves; we need help! God has given us one another to pray for, so that we may stand in the midst of the daily battle and not fall. It is a great privilege to pray for and encourage our brothers and sisters so that they can continue to run the race set before them, and not fall prey to the weariness of battle. I believe that if we want to see change in each other’s lives, if we want to see victories, then we must first start to pray for one another.
Will you join me in praying for each other? I am counting on you!
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