Sometimes I don’t know how to help others. Maybe I’ll just make things worse. Develop a co-dependent relationship (whatever that means). Bullying, gaining control, weakening the resolve of whoever I want to help. Again, will I make a big mess even bigger?
The Corinthian believers must have wondered how in the world they could ever assist a spiritual giant such as the Apostle Paul. Surely, he needs nothing from them. And that’s probably what they feel they have to offer–a big, fat zilch! Not so, Paul says. Help is on the way. Even from a puny believer like me. And you.
For in our hearts we know how much we’d like to help. To make a difference. Doing what the Lord wants us to do. Nothing less and lots more…to help! But how? Toss a few dollars at someone’s problems? Sometimes, yes; most times, no.
What help does the Apostle Paul ask for? 2 Corinthians 1: 10-11–‘On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.’
On whom or what does our hope rest? God, of course. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The same God who delivers us from whatever troubles we find ourselves in.
How can we help? You know. Prayer. From lots of believers. All without any unexpected, unpleasant, toxic side-effects. No messing up what should have been left alone. None of that. All good. All free. All releasing God’s will in His way in His time.
By asking Him. Through interceding. Coming to our Lord, sitting at His feet, who’s so ready and able to hear us, sending the right answer at the right time in the right way.
Do I know what or when that is? Yeah, right! I only wish! But we know who does. So, let’s commit to pray more. The best help that’s just out of this world. Do it! Pray…
Lord, we come to you asking your help for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you, John.