Encourage. Support. Pray.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you." ~2 Corinthians 13:11
Encouragement is about giving support, confidence and hope to someone. Cheering on your friends and family in the messy journey of life. Reminding them that they're not alone, that someone has their back.
Supporting friends and family is closely related to encouragement. To support means to bear all or part of the weight of or to hold up.
"Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees." ~Job 4:4
May these words that were spoken of Job also be true in my life.
Prayer. So often overlooked. So often used as a last resort. We say, "all I can do is pray," as though prayer is not a big deal. We must realize that prayer is a powerful weapon that God has given us. We should become people of prayer, just as Jesus was.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." ~Mark 1:35
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." ~Luke 15:16
In every situation, we can pray. Even if we don't know the words to say, we can pray about it.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God." ~Romans 8:26-27
Never underestimate the power of prayer. We may not always see answers in our timing but we can rest knowing that God hears our prayers.
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." ~1 Peter 3:12
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
So E.S.P. should be practiced in all our relationships. Have you tuned in today?