Daily Devotional – 4/12/18 “Show up when I need you, pray when I don’t!”

I love the Lord, I really do. He heard my cry, pitied every groan, snatched me out my mess, kept my mind, healed my body, stood me on solid ground and all that good stuff so please don’t misinterpret what I am about to share. But look beloved, not everything can be fixed and/or resolved with just “Pray” or “I’m praying for you.” Know this, I am not talking about me in general but I need you to understand something. If I happen to have a moment on Monday and I post something that is unusual, don’t tell me to pray. Call me, talk me off the ledge and then I’ll be able to pray and/or hear you when you do. When someone is fighting mental illness and disease and you see them acting out on social media; call or message them or somebody they know and stop commenting 212 times, “I’m praying for you.” When a friend is going through, call them AND then pray. If I post, I’m cutting off folk who only call when they want something, don’t tell me to pray about it because I will, after I cut their using butts off. Let’s be real, there are some people and relationships that have to end, for your sanity and your prayer life.

Yes, I’ll pray for you but sometimes this isn’t what is needed at the moment. If I’m in pain, I need some pills then prayer. If I’m homeless, I need help and prayer. If I’m depressed, addicted, suicidal, without a job, heartbroken and etc., I am looking for assistance then prayer. Hear me well … There are some times when all folk need is prayer but this isn’t what I’m talking about. Posting, “Pray for me” is totally different from “I’m at my wit’s end and about to say f it.” But see, the real issue is, if I tell you I’m praying for you then maybe I don’t have to show up for you. I mean, I was there for you because I commented on your status on Facebook. Nawl baby. Where were you when I drove up and found all my stuff on the curb because I was being evicted? Where were you when I was hungry without a dime to my name? Where were you when I was so low in grief that I contemplated taking my life? Where were you when I was in the abusive relationship and needed somebody to support me and not judge me? Where were YOU? Oh, I got the notification of your comment but where were you? Yes, I saw you liked my Instagram post but where were you? I see you looked at my Snap Chat video but where we you? Show up sometimes because you’ll never know when your presence could be the very thing that keeps a person from losing their mind. Friend, show up when I need you but pray for me when I don’t.

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Daily Devotional – 10/29/14 “I’ll help you, will you help me?”

It’s Wednesday and someone is wobbling from the weight of the world that seems to have you weighed down but why won’t you sit it down? Why are you trying to carry it all by yourself? I know you want to act like you got it all together but how is that working out for you? You don’t want people to see that you’ve been wounded in your battle, so you’d rather wander around like you’re in the wilderness whispering your witness because it’s now whack instead of seeking Godly wisdom. Well, how long do you think that will last? Don’t you know the enemy is watching and he’s sitting back rejoicing over the fact you’re letting your guard down? Don’t you understand that now you are more vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks because your flesh is weaker than it was before? And yet all you have to do is sit down that weight you’re trying to bear alone. Who said you had to do it by yourself anyway? Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Why as Christians are we so prideful? We don’t want to ask for prayer, don’t want folk to see us cry and, don’t want to go to the altar out of fear that someone may think we need God’s help when the truth of the matter is … we do! Stop being ashamed to ask for help and if you are afraid to ask for help out of fear of what others say then you are around the wrong type of Saints!

See, as Saints, we have to understand … the bible says to help carry one another burdens, not take on! Read this carefully. We are to help one another. It’s like, I see you sitting on the side of the road with two buckets of water. I stop to see what you’re doing and you tell me, you’re drinking water from one of the buckets in order to make it lighter to carry. Now, I can do one of two things. I can either help you carry one of the buckets or I can sit down and help you drink some of the water and take on some of your water weight. (Did you catch that?) The better of the two would be to help you carry the bucket of water and I’ll tell you why. 1. I didn’t take on the excess water I needed to consume to make the bucket light enough for you to carry. 2. You still had water in both buckets which mean you don’t have to make this trip again (before time) which you would have had you drank the water. We have to help one another! It’s our charge as brothers and sisters in Christ for the bible says in Romans 15:1, “Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.” Because when it all boils down and simmer away; it’s not about us anyway!