And I've seen the difference that prayer can make in my own life.
And in the lives of the people I love most.
And I just want to encourage anyone that's reading my blog today.
If you're facing a difficult time.
Reach out to your friends and ask for prayer.
You don't have to tell everybody.
But if you have a group of trusted people that care about you.
Tell them specifically what you need them to pray for.
Especially in your community of family at church.
There's been a couple of key times in my life.
When I had the choice of struggling with a tough issue alone.
Or reaching out and asking people I love to pray for me.
To pray specifically for what I'm facing.
Is it hard to be specific?
You're putting yourself out there.
And being vulnerable.
But, I believe God wants me to be specific.
And I can tell you without exception.
Asking for prayer.
In those times when I was desperate for answers or relief.
Became a turning point.
Each and every time.
The enemy will try to discourage it.
Oh, you shouldn't share that.
What will people think?
They'll think you're weak.
Or, they'll think you're a mess.
The truth of the matter is.
We are weak. We're all a mess.
And we do need each other.
I truly believe.
Can absolutely alter an outcome.
I love what Sarah Young wrote in "Jesus Calling"
When you pray, you're actually....
"participating in battles going on within spiritual realms.
You are waging war -- not with the weapons of the world,
but with heavenly weapons..."
Prayer is a heavenly weapon.
Don't hesitate to use it.
And the more people I specifically ask to pray with me.
The better equipped I become.
For the battle.