For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.“
Thought for the Day: Hang on, help is on the way.
“I would like you to tell me how you always do it,” asked one of the gentlemen workers at my school yesterday. “What do you mean?” I asked. “How do you always walk and carry yourself in a way that it looks like you have a glow about you?” was his reply. Taken aback by his statement I responded, “Thank you – I needed that in this moment. I have been in tears for the last few minutes and for you to say that is so special.” We had just gotten what we thought was some bad news and I had been crying. A minute later he came by and whispered, “What can I pray for you?” I replied, “Financial peace.” He said, “Remember that your situation will change and that you have your health” and walked away. After that conversation, I went back to my computer and took a moment to message the most precious praying person I know. I just asked her to diligently pray for us and that I needed to feel some peace in our situation. She quickly responded. Her message to me stated that an hour earlier she had seen a picture on Facebook and without knowing why felt the need to save it. She said, “Now I know why I was urged to do that. It was because you needed it.” The picture included the words from Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” There was also a picture of a button that said, “Help is on the way.” Right after receiving that message, it was time for me to pick up my students in the cafeteria from lunch. As I led the students down the hallway, I felt the clearest peace come over me and a second later I remembered something about our situation that I had forgotten. I realized that our fear just made us put off something that we didn’t need to do right now because something else had to happen first. Last night I prayed for God’s forgiveness for my unbelief during that hard time and I thanked God for His faithfulness to us.
So, does asking for prayer help? My response is this, “I have witnessed the power of prayer in the quickest and strongest way ever.” My mind could not find the words to pray as we were handed some hard news – I admit I was mad. One person, without even knowing me or knowing our situation asked me what he could pray for. Another person, who I knew was a prayer warrior, prayed for me when I asked. I believe the instant they prayed on my behalf was the moment God sent me peace – the peace enough to think clearly through the situation. Until I shared what I needed in words to those friends I was alone – but when they joined in to pray for me, all changed. “Help is on the way!”
Prayer: God, forgive us for not always keeping our trust and faith in you as we should. Thank you for sending special friends who can pray for us during those low times. Help us each day to remember to look to our friends when we are in need where they can pray for us and can give us Your words to help us through. Amen.