What is your struggle? We all have ’em. Struggling to do what we are called to do. In spite of obstacles. Maybe people don’t even realize you are struggling. Is anyone praying for you? Because when we pray for people, we join them in the struggle. And all you have to do is ask or be asked. And then pray – presto bango…
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
Paul’s struggle was the ups and downs of sharing the message of Jesus around the Mediterranean while people chased him, attacked him, and consistently tried to shut him down. I consider Paul to be a guy who had God on his side. More than most people in history. And he needed the prayers of his friends to make it through his struggle. Interesting that this is how life works. Even when God is on your side you need the prayers of others.
It means so much to have people in your corner as you persevere in living the life God has for you. I think it multiplies the sense of power – the magnitude – of our mission. Paul understands this, and his urging, he says, is “by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit.” I usually don’t think that my prayers for others in terms of Jesus and the Spirit.
I think I should pray (and pray more), and I know people appreciate it when they are prayed for (I know I do). Isn’t it great, though, that when we offer our prayer support for the lives and struggles of others we are somehow interacting and engaging in the love of the Spirit? Somehow, as the Spirit plays the connecting role between me, Father God, and other people, his love is enacted through our prayers. I’m not sure I 100% get it, yet I’m real glad I have it…
I’ve been resonating on these verses of Romans 15 for a few days. There were other things to write about and thoughts which were easier to complete. Yet looking back on my week, I would love to have you “join in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Staying committed to what God has called me to can be a struggle. I was at a meeting with our new Worship Director at church tonight. As I listened to him, I thought about how I can join in his struggle as he leads us through the hurdles and hoops of a new year as a worship team.
I’m seeing this in my life and his life and your lives. We all need it. I need people to join my struggle and people need me to join their struggles.