Exodus 28:29 – “Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the Lord.”
I’m going to be honest. I’m struggling to pray. I used to spend hours on my knees and now struggle to muster up 10 minutes. I feel alone. The other day I didn’t pray. Why? Because if I’m honest, I didn’t have the strength to.
So it’s 1 am, I’m alone with my thoughts, and I can’t sleep because my head is scrambled, worrying and overthinking all the goliaths I’m fighting alone. God’s peace is absent, and my phone pings as I lie there alone. I reach for it, and it’s a text from a friend I love, but we haven’t spoken in a while because we both are busy. Usually, I would ignore a text until the morning, but something led me to open that message. I open it and read, “I’ve been praying for you, brother. I know my replies are bad, but you’re in my prayers every time, bro.” As I read this amid the night, feeling so alone in this battle, I realized something that would stick with me for the rest of my life. God calls us to pray for others because sometimes those people don’t have the strength to pray for themselves, and it’s in these moments that they rely on someone else to pray for them.
There is a beautiful story in 2 Kings 6 that I love. It goes like this:
The king of Aram sent a great army with chariots and horses to surround God’s prophet, Elisha. As Elisha’s servant realizes they’re surrounded, he cries out to Elisha, “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” and Elisha replies, “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” then Elisha says a prayer for his servant, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes. When the servant looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. He realized they were not alone; in the unseen realm, God had sent an army to support him all along. Sometimes it may seem physically that you’re alone, but you must look at what you can’t see.
Look at the verse from Exodus I chose. Aaron would go into God’s presence and remind God of the sons of Israel that he bore on his heart. How many people bear you on their hearts in God’s presence? How many of them bring you into God’s remembrance? The answer is you don’t know. Without my knowledge, God put me on a friend’s heart, and he would pray for me day and night. Little did he know at the time I didn’t even have the strength to pray for myself, and God, in his wisdom, was putting me on someone’s heart so that I was being prayed for in my time of weakness. When you pray for people, you don’t know how much they need it, and it’s a two-way street. God is putting you on other people’s hearts who don’t know how much you need it. His wisdom blows my mind.
All this time, I thought I was alone. But actually, I was like Elisha’s servant, unable to see the unseen warriors lifting me in prayer. My prayer for you is the same as Elisha’s “Oh lord, open their eyes and let them see that they are not alone.” Unseen warriors surround you with prayer, and you don’t even know it.
Pray for those God puts on your heart, as God puts you on others’ hearts. – Adam