So, you’re on Facebook reading someone’s page. Their life seems all-together and quite good, actually. Family, wife, kids. A quote here and there about God. You look at the pictures and everyone looks happy. Sure, there are a couple pictures with the stereotypical “red cup” but hey, maybe it’s an old picture, right?
Later that day you find out they were arrested for child abuse. This is a common story all over the country; if not those particular circumstances, something very similar. These stories can sometimes very closely resemble our lives as Christians. From a distance, in this case, through cyberspace, everything looks good. Everything is all-together. Every T crossed and every I dotted. But, many times behind the scenes things are a mess. We come to church and say all the right words.
A good friend of mine has a trademark saying, “How you really doin’?” It’s so common for us to give the anticipated “God is good!” or “Above ground and serving the Lord!” But sometimes it’s necessary to ask someone how they are REALLY doing. Someone could be just a question away from break through. Maybe they just need to know someone cares. Or maybe the need to vent healthily instead of with the back of their hand. This is where the church changes from being a gathering of people to being a gathering of family members.
Is there someone at your church that you notice week-in-and-week-out that never talks to anyone? Maybe they come alone, maybe with their family. Does someone look generally unhappy? Maybe they even look happy but something inside of you screams “alert!”. Perhaps this week is your opportunity. If you happen to have their phone number, don’t wait, call them. Pray, then call. Maybe you can ask the church office for their information? Sometimes you have no choice but to wait until Sunday. Take this week to pray for that person (or those people). You might not even know their name. God is a smart guy, you can just say “those people who sit in the back,” I’m sure he’ll know who you are talking about. Lift them up. Pray in the Spirit for them. Allow God to begin to minister to them before you even speak a word.
Someone once said, “Nothing on earth happens except in answer to prayer.” That’s powerful if you think about it. God has given us the authority over this earth. He expects us to give Him “permission” to intervene. I know that I am saved because someone, somewhere prayed for me. It may have been personal, it may have been a general prayer over a school, playground or neighborhood, but I do know this, it was because someone prayed for me.
Someone else’s breakthrough may be attached to your obedience. Take a moment this week and intercede on someone’s behalf.