As I looked around the table, I could see it in their eyes. Their shoulders slumped with a tangible weight. These normally upbeat ladies had a distinct sadness written so clearly on their faces. As our weekly bible study finished up, I opened up the floor to prayer requests. Alicia gently shook her head and said, “We all have a lot of things to pray for….”
I continued to push. What was weighing these ladies down? How could I, as their sister in Christ, specifically encourage and pray for each of them. After a few seconds of pin drop silence, the flood gates opened. With tears in her eyes, Alicia began to share that her 17 year old daughter was pregnant and living with the father of her baby. She only had one more year to complete her teaching degree, and as her mother, Alicia felt at a loss of what to do next. As she began to share, the other ladies seemed to exhale, not only their tension but also their personal requests.
“My husband got a new boss and is now working from 4am to 8pm. He’s sick because he’s not sleeping but I have to tell him to keep working because if not we won’t have money to eat. I feel like it’s slowly killing him.”
“My daughter got robbed on her way to work the other day. I’m always so afraid for her safety.”
“My husband took up drinking again. He’s been drunk for the last 15 days. My kids are so afraid of him and he spent all of our money on beer, I don’t know what to do.”
As their prayer requests rolled out one by one, I could see their shoulders lift a little. They weren’t alone. Their sisters were right there struggling with them. For the next hour, we shared struggles and encouraged each other. We listened and reminded each other that we weren’t alone. And we prayed.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
This is the body of Christ in action. These ladies take care of their families day in and day out. They carry the weight on the world on their shoulders. In this brief moment, they were reminded that not only is Christ there to help them through the hard times, but so are their sisters. In the body of Christ, we are never alone. Would you join us in praying for each of these ladies? That God would help them through their trials and give them strength and wisdom as they care for their families. I encourage you to find brothers and/or sisters in whom you can confide your struggles, who can help you carry your burdens as you help them carry theirs’. Let us know how can we pray for YOU today and lift up your burdens before our Heavenly Father? We would love to hear from you.