FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.”
Acts 2:42 (NLT2)
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
Years ago, a church made the decision to do a major renovation on their thirty-five-year-old sanctuary. The first step was to put together a crew of people to do internal demolition. Around forty people showed up to take care of this task. Dust was everywhere as they ripped up carpet, knocked out walls, tore down ceilings, and dismantled the platform. There were people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. It was a wonderful project for individuals with absolutely no skill. It doesn’t take much training to destroy something.
When this phase was completed, the remodeling began. This was the part that required skilled and trained people—those who knew how to construct, build, and refurbish. Their task was much more difficult and it took much longer than the demolition. Anybody can tear down, but not everyone can build up. It doesn’t take a genius to destroy something, but it does take some know-how to construct something of value. The unskilled can quickly take apart that which takes the skilled a lot of time to put together. (Stevenson, P. 5 Things Anyone Can Do to Lead Effectively)
Praying for each other is one of the ways we can build each other up. Prayer was also one of the spiritual disciplines the early church was “devoted” to doing. They prayed because they knew their prayers had the power to do anything God could do. They also knew God could do more to help their church family than they ever could in their own power.
When we pray for each other we leave each other better off than when we found each other. Who have you demolished recently? Who have you built up lately? Take some time and list a few people who you think could stand to be built up today. Now take some time and pray for the needs you know about in their lives.