an outstanding day to seek the help of others.
“I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him, as I should.” Ephesians 6:20 NLT
Even while imprisoned, Paul’s focus was on serving others and teaching them that the path to God led through Jesus Christ.
In prison, Paul reached out to others for help, but did he want help getting out of prison? No. He simply wanted others to pray to God on his behalf for the continued strength he needed to focus boldly on delivering God’s message.
For God, creating the world was effortless. For God, wielding the paintbrush of life that gave His world personality, beauty, and character was not tiresome or challenging.
But for those of us created by the brush strokes of the master, daily life as children of God can, indeed, be taxing, frustrating, and difficult.
God places people all around us for a number of reasons. A very significant one is so they are available for us to reach out to for help.
Perhaps we need their physical help in performing some task around the house. Maybe we need help getting to work because our car is in the shop. Perhaps what we need is more important, but less demanding physically: perhaps we need their prayers as we go through a difficult time or to help us cope with a significant loss.
Most of us wouldn’t think twice about asking a neighbor for help moving a piece of furniture or with some other physical chore. But it might not ever occur to us to ask for their help in more important ways. When we remind ourselves that helping each other is a requirement of God, it becomes easier to turn to them in times of our greatest need and ask for their prayers.
Seeking the help of others to petition God for support and strength on our behalf should be as easy to us as asking for a lift to the store.
Use the resources God has placed around you and seek the help of others. Whether you need a lift, an ear, a hand, or a prayer, use what God placed all around us to help us.
Use the gift of each other.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson
Author’s Note, 4/13/2020: As I begin my transition to living with lung cancer and its treatment, I find that this day’s devotion holds special meaning.
I rely on, and am grateful for, the abundance of prayers on my behalf. But I also speak almost daily with friends who want to help in other ways as well, including offers for physical help – rides to appointments and procedures, and offers to cook or provide other assistance (much of which is not needed at the moment, thank the Lord, but the offers are appreciated nonetheless.)
We are commanded, and expected, to love our neighbors and I am humbled by the outpouring of love and concern at a time in the history of the world when people certainly have enough challenges of their own to face.
God bless all those who understand what it means to “Love Thy Neighbor.”