Sometimes, we need to share some things with people. We may be going through a hard time and are looking for others to stand with us in prayer, so we being to openly share our troubles.
I recently had someone share with me some difficulties they are dealing with regarding another person. The details of the situation went much further than necessary. Once they were done sharing with me all the ins-and-outs of their hard times, they asked me what they should do. “I don’t have the answer for you,” I said. The answer I did give was, “Cling to the Rock, pray more than ever, and be very selective on who you share this info with. I will not side with you or them, but with God. I want God to win. I want Him to be glorified. We will pray for you both.”
This may appear to be a cop-out, cookie-cutter answer; but it was not. I really believe that it is the answer that was needed at that moment. This is one of those answers that is often the best answer, but not given. There could be several reasons why it is avoided: 1) fear of not having an answer (insecurity), 2) fear of giving an answer that may seem too cliché (who cares?), 3) fear of coming across as insensitive, etc.
There is nothing more powerful than surrendering yourself to God and calling out to Him in your time of need. Run to Him! He IS the answer! That is not cliché, it is truth.
There are too many Christians that love to be on the church Prayer Chain for the juicy info on others’ lives, rather than for the purpose of actually praying for people. We can get caught up in spewing our messy problems on others—like a you-have-no-idea-what-I’m-going-through-and-I-want-you-to-feel-bad-for-me pity party. Yes, I may not know what it’s like. Yes, I may not have the answer you are looking for. No, I don’t want to hear all the ugly details.
I love you.
Let’s get to the root issue.
If you are calling around to lots of people, stop.
Seek wise counsel.
Not everyone needs to know about it.
People don’t need someone to feel bad for them (not to be confused with compassion). They need someone that is willing to speak the truth in love and lead them to Jesus—The Answer.
I am praying for you…