I have a friend who is always the first to volunteer to help with whatever needs done, is the first to ask what she can do for me. Her life is so busy that I always hesitate to say because I don’t want to be a burden to her. I have another friend who sees what needs done and just quietly does it. In all honesty, both friends make me self-conscious. I appreciate and love both, but having anyone do something for me hits me in an uncomfortable part of my being, my pride.
One of the hardest things for me to do is to ask for help. I know it is a pride issue, like asking for help means I am incapable of doing something myself, that I am weak or needy. Society doesn’t give much support for asking for help. We are touted by millions of articles and books on how to do it yourself. However, I can’t do everything myself. I do need help from others.
Even so, I hesitate in asking for help, I even hesitate in asking for prayer. Pride. Do you know that pride steals a blessing from God? Pride in not asking for prayer, for help, is a form of disobedience. God wants to bless us as well as bless others. When we ask for prayer, for help, we are being obedient and it gives others the chance to be obedient as well.
Galatians 6:2a (NASB) tells us to “Bear one another’s burdens”. We can only do this if one is willing to share, to ask for help. And, when we ask for help, we are told to “Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are move to offer them” (Exodus 25:2b NLT).
Today, I am asking for help. Please pray for me. How about you?