The phone rang again, but I still wasn’t ready to talk.
Nevertheless, the caller ID revealed my friend, Susan, wasn’t going to give up.
“Hello.” Even with that one word, my voice cracked with emotion.
“Are you okay?”
“Do you want me to come over?”
Susan’s compassion won me over. “Yes.”
Within a short time, she arrived and gave me a long hug. I then told her (in between sobs) that Bert had asked for a divorce the previous Monday. It wasn’t long before Susan and I went before our Father. We prayed for God to save my marriage, to change Bert’s heart – and to change mine. (Let’s just say, Bert and I both made a lot of mistakes in the years leading up to that moment in 2013.)
Thankfully, in time, God transformed Bert’s and my marriage to a great one. Of course, it still isn’t perfect, but we rejoice in what God has done – and continues to do in (and with) us.
However, I still remember what felt like a punch in my gut when Bert first made that unexpected request. How differently would my situation have turned out if rather than praying with my friend, I had chosen instead to hang out with some old friends at a local bar?
Anyone who knows me would laugh at that last thought; but I’m hoping to make an important point, using Matthew 18:20 (ESV): “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
My point is simply this: when you’re experiencing a crisis or heartbreak, rather than drowning your sorrows with worthless or destructive means, why not seek one or more people who value God’s presence and ask them to pray with you?
I’m convinced that had I not done so, Bert and I would not be married today. I will always appreciate Susan making herself available to pray with me.
However, we don’t have to wait for a crisis to pray with each other. Gathering to pray for our families, communities, churches and our country is always good. Indeed, let’s join in prayer every time we need God’s presence to enter into our situation.
What about you?
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- How has praying with someone changed you or your circumstance?
- Do you have a friend (or a group) you can share your prayer needs with?
- If not, please allow me (and those who visit Today Can Be Different) to pray with you.
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