Gather Your Elephants
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
Be careful - watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord, and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.
After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever. To him be all power over all things, forever and ever. Amen. ! Peter 5:7-11 (TLB)
Newborn elephants are susceptible to attacks from predators like lions and hyenas. As a mother elephant gives birth the herd gathers to protect her and the newborn.
Glenda Moore is from Illinois. Her daughter's family is going through a difficult time. For them, gathered elephants symbolize the protection their community gives her by their prayers. a small wooden elephant sits by Glenda's kitchen sink. Her daughter's friend gave her two small elephant figurines when Glenda moved away, knowing the days ahead could leave her daughter vulnerable. The elephants serve as a reminder that she is not alone. When she feels overwhelmed by her situation, the elephants remind her of the community that will support her with prayer whatever comes her way.
When a hard day hits, Glenda's daughter gathers her community by texting Glenda, her sisters, and her friends who immediately surround her with prayer.
Scripture tells us to be alert because evil prowls like a roaring lion. But God has not left us defenseless in our times of vulnerability and pain. In those times, we can ask others to gather around us and pray for God's powerful presence to bring relief.
If you are in need of prayer just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and a group will start praying for you immediately.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to share our struggles with those who surround and encourage us through prayer, in Jesus' name, amen.