Yesterday at work, I pulled my cell phone from my pocket to check the time and noticed a missed phone call from my 11 year old grandson. Emergency bells went off in my head because he doesn’t call on a school day. Noticing a voice message was left, I immediately listened to it. A weak crackly voice said, “Grandma, I called because my throat hurts so bad and I had to stay home from school. I just want you to pray with me so God will make me feel better.” Needless to say, this grandma took a break to call her grandson to pray with him.
I can fully identify with needing someone to pray with me. Sometimes, we just know we are weak and need help praying. There are times we can’t utter the words. Sometimes, we need to know we are not the only ones lifting a situation before You. When my first husband was deathly sick, hundreds of people used to tell us they were praying for us. That was very reassuring. Yet, very few times did someone actually stop and pray right then and there for us in the depth of our weakness. When it happened, it meant more than anyone could possibly know. Immediate strength and renewal came in the midst of those prayers with us. They prayed what we could not at that time.
Father, I’m so glad You hear our prayers- even the ones that do not have words. I’m also so thankful to have other people to pray with me- to hold my hands up to You when mine have become too weak to hold up. I love the way You created us to bear one another’s burdens in prayer (not to carry ourselves but to lift them to You). Yes, I love praying with others and having others pray with me. Today, I feel very blessed to have a grandson who knows to ask someone to pray with him, and believes it will make a difference! Help him feel better, Lord.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27
“Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When He had placed His hands on them, He went on from there.” Matthew 19:13-15
Father, help me be humble enough to ask others to pray with me…and to stop and pray with those in need like…