For the last 6 days of 2013, I’ve decided to share some of the most valuable lessons God has taught me throughout the year. In sharing, I hope to leave others encouraged and inspired to continue growing in their relationship with God.
Lesson 1: Ask for Help When You Need It
Many times we fear letting others know that we need help because we don’t want them to know that we are struggling. We do not want to appear weak and we do not want to appear that we lack resources. We have pride that feels the need to exude strength and constant independence.
This year, I learned that there is more strength in asking for help and letting others know that you need their help, rather than remaining silent. God’s word says that “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). That means two can accomplish more than one person can on their own. When you let someone know that you are in need of help, that person is able to stand in agreement with you as you pray and ask for God’s strength. When you let others know that you need help, you also empower your prayers to go further faster. We know this because Matthew 18:20 says “where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there with them.” That means the moment we come into agreement with another person, God’s presence surrounds us and His blessings are able to come faster than when we stand alone.
I was reminded of the importance of asking for help a few weeks ago. This year, our church had a celebration for all of the volunteers. At the end of the gathering they asked anyone who needed help in their finances to stand up for prayer, and I immediately stood up in my seat. I knew the things that I had been believing for so I figured one more prayer couldn’t hurt. After I stood up, the pastor asked all those who were standing, to take one more step of faith and approach the altar. She said “if you need help paying rent or bills come to the altar.” I wanted to go up to the altar but I couldn’t move. People slowly left their seats to make their way to the altar but I continued to stand still in front my seat. In my mind, I thought to myself “I could use some extra money but I’m not really struggling so maybe this prayer isn’t for me.” The only thing that was being asked of me was to take a few steps of faith but I could not do it. My pride paralyzed me and I did not move. A few minutes later, the pastor directed everyone at the altar to walk towards a door to the left to receive a financial gift. At the end of the celebration, I learned that the people who approached the altar received $200 gift cards. Wow! A few steps of faith and I could have allowed God to meet one of my needs! Talk about missing a blessing. That day I learned how expensive a life of pride can be. [“Pride comes before the fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)]
When someone asks you if you need help, don’t be afraid to say “yes.” Often times, God may be the reason for their desire to help you. God may have instructed that person to help you, and all he/she needs is a simple “yes” from you. When you learn to place your pride aside, you allow yourself to be blessed.
Happy Thursday! 🙂