I regularly meet with a group of friends. Our meetings began with us celebrating each of our birthdays. We have four in our group so this guaranteed that in the midst of our busy schedules we would come together at least 4 times a year. A few years ago, we decided four times a year was not enough and started meeting monthy for accountability early on a Saturday morning. Fast forward to Wed of this week. I had been having a rough week emotionally and was a little down. I was excited to be meeting one of my dear friends for lunch. To my suprise, I ended up meeting two of my dear friends for lunch, and they wanted to pray for me. Tears came to my eyes as I realized God had heard my prayers and sent angels here on earth to answer.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, it says "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. ....A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart." God has put us together in relationship to pray, lift up and enjoy life together. When one of us is struggling, others are there to pick her up and love on her. As sisters in Christ, we will be stronger as we stand together for the kingdom of God. So often in the past, I have listened to the lies of Satan that have kept me from experiencing life in fellowhip with others. I would think I could do this on my own or if I was a strong enough Christian I could handle this. Maybe I would think of what my friends would think of me if they really knew what I think or felt. I have found these to be lies.
As our prayers go up together for the kingdom of heaven, we will live out Matthew 18:19,20. "if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered in My name, there I am in their midst."
If you don't have a friends that you can share with and pray for, ask God to send some . He will provide. I would say it is a must have. Life is much better when it is lived in community.
Dear God, Thank you for your promises and gifts to us. Thank you for the friends you have given me who pray for me and I have the privilege of praying for them. May we seek your kingdom in all that we do. Amen