Send It Up

DC Bible Study Girls
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.  
James 5:15-16 (MSG)

Over the weekend Bernie and I were in DC for a wedding celebrating Danielle and Ryan.  In addition to the joy of celebrating their new life together, one of the highlights was getting to see all my old Bible study girls, including Danielle.  I’ve mentioned these girls before, they are without question one of the top things I miss in the District.  Each Monday night, no matter what was transpiring in my life, I could count on these girls for a home cooked meal, laughs, tears, encouragement, and prayer.  I miss them dearly. 

Last night, I had the treat of attending another type of celebration honoring a dear friend and her new baby boy.  But rather than a traditional baby shower, this was more of a “mommy shower.”  All of girls showered the mom-to-be with food cravings, little treats to pamper herself before and after the baby arrives, and prayers and words of encouragement.  The highlight was taking some time to pray for her, the baby, the delivery, and all the other details that go along with bringing a new baby into the world. 

On my drive home, I kept thinking about what a gift it is to be able to pray with other women.  Whether it’s a group of girls I know well like my sweet DC friends,  a group like last night where I didn’t know everyone that well, or even one dear friend over the phone, there is power when women come together to pray for one another.  It’s a divine gift that I don’t always take advantage of.   

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to say that prayer is a good thing, but taking the time to pray with others is another story.  I’m not always quick to embrace praying together.  I’m not sure why…sometimes it feels awkward getting started, sometimes it’s easy to stick to the surface and not make an effort to go deeper (I’m more comfortable sticking with “solid” topics like shopping, The Bachelor, and celebrity gossip), sometimes I’m insecure about what people will think if I ask them to pray, and sometimes, it seems, “there’s just not enough time”…

…but something happens when two or more come together in the name of the Lord: God shows up! True, technically, He’s always there, but Jesus assures us in Matthew 18:20 that, “When two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” (MSG)

I saw that on Monday nights in DC, I saw that last night at the shower, and I believe and expect it to be true throughout my life.  I don’t know about you, but I want to give Jesus as many chances as I can for Him to show up.

In high school, the theme verse for my small group was Hebrews 10:24-25:

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”   
There are many ways we can encourage each other throughout life, but let’s not forget the power of praying together.  There is power in prayer.