It’s been a rough few weeks. I’ve thought about writing a post but couldn’t decide what to put in it and what to leave out. That’s the difficult part when writing about what’s going on in our current lives. There is a thing called privacy.
When it comes down to it, I think the most valuable part of the last few weeks has to do with prayer warriors. In Matthew 18: 20, we’re told:
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
A few weeks ago, I struggled with a concern for my daughter. Two things were going to happen that day that could change everything for her and us. One was a medical test, one was a legal issue. In my heart, I prayed to God asking him to let the medical test be negative. I couldn’t deal with any other outcome, and I told Him so. That may sound presumptuous and selfish, but we’re not supposed to be faced with more than we can handle. A positive test would impact all of us and leave several hurdles to overcome. I. Could. Not. Face. That.
I, also, asked for the right outcome with the legal issue, but I focused more on the medical test and my daughter’s attitude for the day.
I prayed that morning. And I prayed. And I prayed.
Matthew 18:20 kept surfacing in my mind. I knew I should turn this over to others to pray, but I struggled with the decision. Would I harm her more by sharing her personal life issues or by not sharing? After a long period of interceding for my daughter, I turned to several prayer warrior women. It’s important to point out that not all of these women are close friends. I chose the ones who I knew had a strong prayer life. Women I knew would intercede for my daughter. Their responses were overwhelming! I had 10 women lifting both situations before the Lord. Each approached the prayer in her own way. But, most importantly, each one prayed.
I must say thank you to these women. They know who they are. Each of you, in your own way, took the load off of my shoulders and made it possible for me to move through the day without worry.
And what happened?
The medical test did come back negative. Hallelujah!
The legal decision was postponed.
In His own way, God answered the second part of the prayer. It’s not as clear of an answer as the first one, especially by the incidents that led to the postponement, but I have faith that it’s the answer that made the most sense on that day.
Prayer warriors are more than people who will say, “I will pray for you.” They actually do. They stop and entreat God for you. They beseech Jesus to help you. They settle your troubled heart with the calm assurance that God can handle anything they lift up to Him. Over the years, I’ve come to understand the importance of this kind of relationship. We need others who will stop what they’re doing and pray.
Do you have prayer warriors who will stand in the gap with you?