“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up”
I am carrying some heavy burdens today. Three people that are very close to me are experiencing some very difficult challenges right now. While none of the problems are related, they are each experiencing hardship and pain in different ways. I am sure that I am just like all of you. If there was anything I could do to change their situations I would. But there isn’t. So I am left hurting with them and wishing I could make it better.
It reminds of a story in the Gospel of Mark (Chapter 2.) There were these men who had a friend that was very sick. As they tried to come up with a way to help him, they determined the only thing they could do was to carry him to see Jesus. Only, when they got there, it was so crowded that they couldn’t get in. But they didn’t give up. Since they couldn’t get through the door, they climbed up to the roof of the house and made their own door. Then they lowered their friend through the hole down to Jesus. And a miracle occurred.
Now those are true friends. These guys had so much faith that they worked until they made a way for their friend, because he couldn’t do it for himself. They were diligent.
Many times when dealing with crisis or long-term trials, we can become almost paralyzed ourselves. Sometimes we are so consumed with our own pain that we are unable to pray or even ask for help. Have you been in that place? I certainly have.
It is in those times that we all need a good friend (or two) to carry us to Jesus. We need those folks, who can’t change our circumstances, but can definitely keep us in prayer before the Lord and intercede for us. Especially when we can’t quite get there ourselves.
Most of us are so resistant to asking others for help aren’t we? We don’t want to admit that we can’t handle whatever it is on our own. As a community of believers, we have to move past our pride on these issues friends. Jesus said, “when two or more of us are gathered,” that He would hear our prayers and give us what we ask for. There is so much power that we leave on the table because we are so worried about our appearance of self-sufficiency.
Let us all do ourselves and our friends a favor. Take a good look at what is happening around us. If we are in need of encouragement and prayer, we need to ask for it. As well, if we see someone struggling, maybe we should just begin praying for them anyway, and then let them know that they aren’t alone. I am sure we can all be someone’s mat bearer today.
May we learn to access the miraculous power of God and to release it into the daily lives of those around us. And may His healing and restoring grace flow over us every one.