As more and more prayer requests come in, you, our Catch community, become more and more real. That may be one of the side effects of praying together – we share our lives with each other. What I would call instant transparency. Prayer gives us the immediate opportunity to get to what concerns us.
There are lost jobs, cancers, deadbeat kids and struggles with gender identity to deal with. This is not necessarily the kind of information usually divulged upon first meeting someone, nor what you hear around the water cooler at work, yet when prayer is involved, we get right down to it.
This is good. It gets us beyond superficialities and into what really counts. After all, if we’re going to ask for prayer, we’re naturally going to go to those things that are most troubling to us. And, in turn, that deepens our relationships. Here we are divulging our greatest fears – our most pressing dilemmas – to total strangers, and we’re making connections. We’re making contact. We’re getting help where we need it the most.
If there is anything following Christ has taught us, it is that we are all hurting, needy people. Not one of us has it all together. Not one of us doesn’t have a painful prayer request to reveal. So, in asking for prayer, we touch each other. We come together at the point of need. This is what God wants us to do.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
I get something to give to you; you get something to give to me. What comes around, goes around.