|It's ok to ask for it.|
You won't hear them say, "please pray for me."
Nope, they don't ask for prayer.
Perhaps they're too proud? Been hurt before and don't want to put themselves out there again? Or have trust issues?
I used to fit those categories.
I had trust issues, because of past hurt and I didn't want to put myself at the expense of people's criticism and negative talk, so I didn't disclose personal information. I would seldom ask anyone to pray for me (pride) and I would suffer in silence rather than ask a prayer warrior to pray for me (pride).
Now, forget that.
Now I do 2 things. I pray fervently for myself and when I need people to intercede (stand in the gap) for me, I will ask faster than a New York minute. That's right, I will ask the people within my circle to send one up for me and they do so willingly. It's a working partnership. That's what the Lord loves. He loves people helping people.
Honestly, I'm leery of people who don't have at least one go-to person they can get wisdom from and here's the key: follow that wisdom. Nobody knows everything right? So who are you getting your wisdom from? Do you run anything by smart people? If not, more than likely you make the same mistakes and end up doing the wrong thing again. The outcome is predictable. I know, because that was me on what I termed in a previous article as, The Ferris Wheel. Round and round it goes, where it stops is probably in a heap of another mess.
The 2 things we need for sure are prayer partners (or at least one) and to trust people. I know how it is to suffer and not think anyone understands what you're going through, but if we don't learn to trust people we can find ourselves stagnant and all alone. God doesn't want that for anybody.
He wants more for all of us.
So, I'm here to tell you that if you don't open your mouth at the expense of sounding like you may not have it all together, then no one will be able to help you, because they will think you're ok when you're not ok. People want to help and it's ok to ask for prayer. Ask God to show you who the people are who can offer you wise counsel and I promise you He will. I can tell you from experience that it works. So, go ahead and say it. You can practice now if you're a little nervous about it. Ok, I'll say it with you,
"Please, pray for us."
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