Held In Prayer
So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until sun set. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword. Exodus 17: 10-13 (NRSV)
Sue A. Fairchild lives in Pennsylvania. Her father taught her the value of self-sufficiency: "The best job is one you do yourself." He rarely hired a contractor or asked for help in all the work he did around his home. Sue took this teaching into other areas of her life, including dealing with stress and grief. She didn't need anyone. She could do everything herself.
When her mother was near death, Sue held on to this concept by dealing with the caregiving and grief alone. However, she did ask her church group for prayer. As time passed and her mom continued to decline, Sue found that asking for prayer was vital to her health and well-being. The group's prayers held her aloft, not physically in the way Aaron and Hur supported Moses, but spiritually. When they called to the Lord on her behalf, Sue felt supported. After her mother died, many in her prayer group came to the service, sent cards, and offered hugs. In addition, they held her in prayer for months to come.
Sue thought she could handle even the most difficult grief by herself, but those prayers held her up, offering her strength when she had none of her own.
God designed us so that we would need each other. That is why he created the church so we could have a family to support us in a time of need.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer and friendship. Thank you for reminding us that we do not have to do everything alone, in Jesus' name. Amen.