Philippians 1:19 — For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (NKJV).
I don’t typically like to ask for help. Not because I’m macho or something caveman like that; I just don’t like to be an inconvenience. I will help anyone, but I’d rather not have to be helped. However, I have learned there are many things I cannot do on my own. It’s for this reason God has strategically placed certain individuals in my life to help me.
Perhaps as you’re reading this today you are in desperate need of help. If so, I pray the message of this verse brings you great comfort. You need to understand you are not alone in your circumstance. Paul was aware of this fact even though he was in prison, and he was confident that his help would ultimately bring him deliverance.
There were people praying for Paul, and there are people praying for you. Even if you are not mentioned specifically by name, I believe the Holy Spirit inspires people to pray for you. You may have pastors, friends, or family members who stand in the gap for you. Someone is praying for you, and her prayers are powerful and effective. They sustain you when life is hard, and they fight for you when you’re weak.
When people pray for us, it supplies us with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. What exactly does this mean? I’m glad you asked. I believe it means we are able to endure our trials with the same attitude and strength Christ had as He faced similar circumstances.
His Spirit empowers you and gives you hope. When you persevere with the same peace and patience Jesus exemplified, you will be propelled to victory every time! Don’t be afraid to ask others to partner with you in prayer, and don’t forget the greatest promise of all: Jesus is interceding on your behalf!
Psalm 54:4 — Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me (NIV).
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