There comes a time in life when the best thing we can do for someone who is on a downward spiral is to pray for God to shine His light into their soul of darkness; replacing despair with hope. The devil is constantly busy whispering lies and deceit into the minds of weak spirited people. However, sometimes we all must undergo hardship and pain in order to acquire wisdom from lessons learned. I remember treading on a dark path of hopelessness once upon a time, and the only raft within reach was floating peacefully in front of my eyes; especially during the roughest of tides. I truly believe that the prayers of loved ones led my hand to grab hold of Jesus Christ—the raft of life.
In the beginning of trials and tribulations, some people tend to get stuck on a path of bitterness and anger without even realizing it. They become blinded by their anger and confusion and are unable to see clearly to a constructive road a little farther down the road. One of the most effective ways to help our loved ones experiencing this kind of predicament is to step away, giving them enough space to climb out of their own hell. It is heartbreaking to stand by and watch them self-destruct, but our Godly advice will fall on deaf ears.
God is the only saving grace who will patiently wait on the sidelines until the dispirited person is ready to walk with an obedient heart derived from their season of suffering. In the meantime, God hears our prayers and petitions lifted up on behalf of others, and will answer those of us who remain faithful to His Word. God encourages us to pray for one another during times of weakness and illness; for healing is made available to all who believe and are righteous:
James 5:16~“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
God will deliver the brokenhearted at the perfect hour for when they are ready to believe and receive the greatness of His Word. It is through falling that we learn to stand strong again, the strength of God’s mighty hand will sustain us as we continue to walk this earth in faith, hope and love. Let’s bear one another’s burdens in spirit and continual prayer so that whenever one sheep is lost, it will be much easier to find the pathway home again:
Matthew 18:12-14~“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”