2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Sometimes Believers are afraid to go pray with someone because we mistakenly think it’s our responsibility to take on their problems. But our responsibility is simply to point them to the One who is able to do more than we could possibly ask or imagine...
(see Ephesians 3:20)
When Jesus was teaching a crowd of people, the disciples thought it would be a good idea for them to take a break so everyone could get food. But Jesus said, “You feed them.” And their response was perfectly natural, “With what!?!” (Mark 6:37-44) But Jesus wasn’t asking the disciples to do a miracle; he was asking them to point the people to the One who can!
If I go pray with someone who is overwhelmed with sickness, financially in trouble beyond my paygrade, or devastatingly heartbroken, I don’t need to think it’s my responsibility to solve any of their problems. I must simply hold their hand and point them to the One who comforts me.
I have received God’s comfort personally. I know God has been miraculous and gracious towards me, and I know that his promises outweigh my problems especially when we consider the long timeline that is eternity.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2 NLT)
And that one mind and purpose is to help people get caught up in Jesus and not their problems. That’s what prayer partners are for.
Thank you for those who extend your comfort to me, the dear ones who pray for me, and the ones who are faithful to express your faithfulness to me. Help me not catch someone else’s stress or overwhelmed my what seems impossible. Nothing is impossible for you, and I pray for you to make me an encourager with those words. Help me be faithful to comfort others as you have comforted me. I don’t need to be anyone’s solution; help me always point people to you. I love you and thank you for the amazing things you have done, and I pray in your name, amen.