I love coaching. I love being used by God to help others realize and live out His plan for their life.
I love being able to serve them, and every once in a while I will have an obvious truth revealed to me by them (whether they know it or not!)
Coaching by nature is a one-way relationship where conversation is directed by the client and for the client, but even with a client-led session I still manage to glean”nugget of truth” revealed to me by the Holy Spirit.
“Being humble is asking for prayer and not being too proud to admit that you need it.”
Stephanie you are not perfect, and you are not going to have all of the answers. You can’t do this thing on your own, you need me and you need community.
Community by definition is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
I think in addition to sharing these things, it is also being humble enough to ask for prayer. I know for me I shy away from asking for prayer because I either feel selfish or like my prayer is silly and that it is something I can do on my own (as to not bother anyone with it)
I don’t need to ask others to pray for my blog and ebook because that is selfish.
I don’t need to ask others to pray for my continued battle with food because I can handle it.
I don’t need to ask others to pray for my issue because it is something that I can handle with your help God, so I don’t need anyone else.
Self reliance is not Omnipotence.
I don’t ask for prayer because I am afraid what people will think of me. I don’t ask for people to pray for me because I think that I have developed this image of myself and even though I can be open about alot of things, asking for prayer seems like defeat.
Like I am giving up on myself, and asking for prayer is my “surrender” flag.
I just got tears in my eyes and goosebumps typing that.
We need to wave our white flag more.
I know my last couple posts have been somewhat depressing (crying and now admitting defeat) but true surrender is not only giving it over to God but giving it over to others in prayer.
I have a deep respect for individuals who can openly ask for prayer. When prayer request time comes around in my small group, I usually ask for prayers for other people close to me and not myself.
What will people think of me if I ask for this?
I don’t want to waste their prayer time asking for prayers when someone else may need it more.
Can anyone else relate?
Those thoughts and feelings are a direct result of pride. You want to uphold your reputation of self-image and asking for prayer might affect that.
Last time I checked every church has a prayer team and prayer requests card. People are prayer warriors and they are there to lift you up before the Lord.
No prayer is too small.
No prayer is not important.
As a church and community we are called to pray for each other.
We pray for others sin, struggles, health, marriages, kids, addictions and spiritual relationships.
Guess what? It’s ok if it is your sin we pray about. It is ok if it is your marriage we pray about.
It doesn’t make you any less of a person to ask for prayer, in fact being humble will allow God to show you favor.
“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6
Every time we allow people to pray for us and ask for prayer, we are further exposing the enemies lies.
Your prayers don’t matter.
If you say that people will look at you funny.
Don’t ask for help with that, you know what to do, just it yourself.
Asking for someone to pray for you is not a sign of defeat. It will not make them think that you aren’t the person that they think you are. It is a sign of surrender and with that surrender there is strength.
There is power in prayer and if it is on your heart to pray about yourself than it something that others can pray about for you.
It is an honor and a privilege to pray for others. So love and serve others by allowing them to lift you up in prayer.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” 1 Timothy 2
Of course it is way easier to pray for other people than it is to ask for prayer ourselves. But let’s start anyway. Friends, please comment below and let me know how I can pray for you! (I’ll start!)