It really means a lot when you’re going through a difficult trial to have faithful, godly friends (even casual acquaintances) commit to prayer on your behalf… And not just promise to pray – actually support you with “fervent prayer!” Prayer makes a difference! The good news is, God hears and answers prayer! You can feel the impact of prayer – real prayer support can be called “palpable” (a feeling so intense it seems almost tangible). It’s a comforting and faith-building experience to have “prayer support!”
How do I know? Well, I’ve experienced it! Recently Sharon and I experienced a trial that shook us to the core! We felt alone and bewildered… It was a trial that we couldn’t really share the details of… still can’t. But we invited (appealed to) people to pray… even without the details, to “pray in the Spirit!” (Romans 8:26-28) Oh what a wonderful response! A multitude of people rallied to the need and assured us of their prayer support! They prayed and we felt it! Not only that, we saw evidence that God was marvelously at work in the situation! Wow! Praise the Lord!!!
Here’s what Apostle Paul said about a similar experience in his life! I read about it this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…
“For I do not want you to be unaware of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself! Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death! But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. YOU ALSO MUST HELP US BY PRAYER, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for THE BLESSING GRANTED US THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF MANY.” (From 2 Corinthians 1:8–11 ESV)
So here’s my advice… If you’re going through a serious trial… ask your friends – ask your church family to support you with prayer! And if you know of someone who is going through a trial, commit to pray for them… and then do it! Really pray! Sustain prayer on their behalf! The result? The sense of Divine and human support will be wonderfully “palpable!”