A family of fellow Christians can be a wonderful source of strength and encouragement for us. Many times though, we aren’t even aware of the pain and suffering they are going through. We have all gotten wrapped up in our own lives and often forget that others need to be lifted up in prayer too.
That’s why being a part of a church is so important to me. Even though there may be things that I might feel embarrassed to share with someone or too proud to let others know about, I know that I have a family of friends who will pray for my needs along with theirs.
I do think it’s important for us to know what needs to be prayed for. There are many who may be suffering with a certain disease. Some have a family member who has left his faith behind. There may be divorce, separation or infidelity in a marriage. Some may be struggling with alcoholism, drug abuse or some other sin that is drawing them away from the cross. There are many things that we Christians need to be encouraged about day by day. Being part of the family is a great place to begin.
May we think like the Apostle Paul when he said in Romans 1:12 & 13, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”