It all started when Bruce challenged us to start the week by encouraging two people that we knew might need it.
I rang a friend straight away, who told me she had been feeling really unwell for months and it had become very debilitating. We chatted for a while and laughed together and ended the conversation by saying, “all we can really do is pray that you will get better.” Before I went to sleep that night, my last words were asking God for some relief for her so that she might live the life she was meant to. I prayed again the next night and again the night after. On the fourth day, she called me to say, she had also prayed and had felt better in the last three days than she had in months. She believed it was due to our resolve to hand the situation to God and to pray intentionally. Our prayers had miraculously been heard and answered.
We knew that on our own, and even jointly, we couldn’t change the situation, but we knew that we could pray and ask for God’s intervention. What we can do is limited but what God can do is beyond our comprehension or imagination and not even possible in our wildest dreams!
I started out to encourage a friend, but the results have been phenomenal. We have reconnected and our relationship is blossoming again. We decided to lay the problem before God and pray intentionally for healing, and miraculously, healing has occurred. We have also felt so encouraged because of each other’s faith. In Paul’s letter to the Romans 1:12 he said, “you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
When Paul had the encounter with Jesus Christ in Damascus (when he was named Saul) and changed the direction of his entire life from killing the Christians to being one of the most fervent full-on Christians he could be, there was a man called Barnabas who brought him to join the Christian Community. The Christians were hesitant to welcome Paul in because of what he used to do. But this man Barnabas whose name means, ‘encourager,’ spoke to them about how Saul had changed and been transformed by the encounter with Christ.
Where would Paul have been if this encourager had not helped him? Would Paul have been ostracised from the Christian Community and not joined them? Not become the great apostle and evangelist he was?
Are you an encourager? Are you in a season of your life where you need an encourager in your life to help you refocus, realign, reinvigorate and renew?
Whatever season in our life, let us connect with each other, intentionally encourage each other and pray intentionally for our needs, our problems and our desires.
Let us bring our burdens and lay them before our Father in Heaven.
Let us be encouraged by each other’s faith as we walk this journey together.