Today in church my pastor discussed the concept of spiritual strength and he gave guidelines of how to maintain and renew your strength. (II Timothy 2). It was an excellent sermon and it came at the perfect time. I have felt spiritually weak these past couple of weeks and I was happy to hear ways that I can tone my faith muscle.
One thing that wasn't mentioned in his sermon, that is always key for me in rebuilding my spiritual strength, is prayer. I'm not only talking about praying to God but I am talking about asking others to pray for you. Sometimes you just get worn out. When I feel weak I find it integral that I ask people around me to pray for me, which, goes back to surrounding yourself with people who lift you up.
Another aspect of asking people to pray for you is the humility that is required to actually do the asking. Sometimes when I know I need prayer, I have a hard time asking for it because it feels like failure or a sign of vulnerability. Luckily, the book of James talks about prayer a lot. I've listed some of the verses that are helping me through this.
James 4:6 "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
James 5:14-16 "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
Do you have people in your life that you are willing to go to to ask for prayer? Are there people in your life that would be willing to pray with you and help you carry your burden?
I am thankful for the people in my life that I can ask to do this for me and right now I need them. Be confident in your humility and understand that asking for prayer is another aspect of trusting God. I don't know about you, but I am a control freak so I prefer to do everything myself. When I ask others for prayer, I am branching out my faith and allowing God to use other people to work in my life. Let other people work in your life today and ask for prayer if you need it. We aren't meant to go through this journey alone so don't try to.
Finally, I'm humbly asking that if you remember, please say a prayer for me. I am going through some things that are draining on me and I could use prayer for strength and trust in Gods plan for my life, also for his timing.