It’s kind of trendy right now to contemplate any changes we might like to make personally or professionally and think of a theme word for the year ahead. As I reflect on 2019 and look at all the hurt and pain being dealt with and acted out on social media, I have decided the best word for 2020 is “healing.” This word perfectly encapsulates what we need as individual women and also as a society.
Where might this healing begin? The first and best way is through prayer. Not just alone in my prayer closet, but for, by and with other women. For this next year, I’m going to renew my efforts to have an active, vital prayer life, with times of both individual, private prayer, and times of praying together with other women, for the healing that we need personally and collectively.
I’m reminded of two key points from the Bible on the subject of prayer and accountability with others. First is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV), which states that: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Don’t you love how “spot on” these biblical analogies are? Can you just picture your friend reaching back and giving you a hand up if you stumble and fall? Or remember those childhood camp-outs where you slept much warmer snuggled up in your sleeping bag next to your parents, sibling or best friend? And in this day of brokenness, how strengthening is it to envision that thick coil of rope bound together from many individual strands, able to withstand the greatest weights or pressures without tearing? This is why it is so important and so empowering for our prayer life to find others with whom we can join in prayer and to whom we can be accountable.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Diane Strack