I was having a bad day the other weekend. I sent a message to my mother and sisters that went like this:
“Can you please pray for us? We’re really struggling. Cam is sick, I have a chesty cough, I’m stressed about the amount of work I have to do and Mitch is refusing to sleep at night and well as during the day. We’re both super tired and our patience is running thin. We have Jai all long weekend as well and I’m stressed about coping with the forecast thick heat.”
I know I was having a big whinge but this was originally written for my family and so I was able to be very honest. I don’t often ask for help but I was feeling so overwhelmed I reached out.
Within 10 minutes my sister who lived overseas had messaged me saying she was praying and giving me words of encouragement. Within half an hour my mother had called offering to help and within 40 minutes my other sister had offered to babysit our 4 year old for us.
I was reminded how fortunate I was to have such an incredibly supportive family. Not only did the prayer work with Mitch sleeping much better but our day was so much easier with the practical assistance.
I am very quick to say to people that I’m praying for them but when it comes down to it, how much am I going the extra mile in giving them assistance. There are times when all I can do is pray. But I mustn’t just stop there.
If we really want to show our faith to others we need to pray and act. It is how we respond that people will know our love for God.
Lord, you love us unconditionally. And you don’t just tell us but you move and respond to show us. May we do the same for others in need. May we be your loving hands and feet. Amen.
Who needs your prayer and Love right now?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.