Share Struggles-Share Prayers
You also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
-2 Corinthians 1:11, emphasis added
The word sunopourgeo, translated "helping together," is used only here in the Greek New Testament and is composed of three words: "with, under, work." It is a picture of laborers under the burden, working together to get the job accomplished. Paul enlists the help of other believers to hold him up in his emotional, physical, and spiritual struggles. (This was in addition to the Holy Spirit's promise in Romans 8:26 to assist us in our praying and help carry our load.)
Difficulties, especially in these end days, should draw us closer to other Christians as we share our burdens and prayer needs. When experiencing the trials of life, we need to remember what God has promised us, and what He has commanded us to do.
In 1 Thessalonians 5 there are more imperative commands than in any other paragraph in God's Word. It is one of the clearest descriptions of the basic duties of a believer in Christ's church. In verses 11-26, we are commanded:
- Comfort each other.
- Edify one another.
- Be at peace among yourselves.
- Warn those who are unruly.
- Uphold the weak.
- Be patient with all.
- See that no one renders evil.
- Always pursue what is good.
- Rejoice always.
- Pray without ceasing.
- In everything give thanks.
- Do not quench the Spirit.
- Do not despise prophecies.
- Test all things.
- Hold fast to what is good.
- Abstain from every form of evil.
In other words, we must take seriously Paul's command to comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Make a choice to live in hope: What can depression, discouragement, and faintheartedness do for us? If we choose to live in hope, as we regularly cry out to the Lord, it can inspire us to some of the deepest and greatest discoveries about God we can ever make!
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