For three nights this week, tonight being the third, I have had the immense pleasure of being a part of prayer meetings at Heart Church. At the start of this New Year we want to lay our city, our church, our community, and our persons at the foot of the cross. We want to start 2017 strong and with our ears inclined to the voice of God.
I know that at my home church back in the States that they too begin each new year with a time of fasting and praying. I love when bodies of believers don’t enter a new year content with where they are spiritually but that they won’t be satisfied until they know Jesus more.
And I believe in my spirit that these prayers and sacrifices made are seen by God. Not only does He see our hearts and hear our prayers, but He moves on our behalf.
My mom and I were talking the other night about how faithful God is. Last year at this time she had a list of prayer requests that she set before God at the beginning of the year and that she continued praying and believing for.
My family has certainly hit some rough times in the process, but our God has been faithful and good. All but one request was answered in the Lord’s perfect way and perfect timing. It may have not been the way we would’ve gone about doing things, but He is so good.
No one may have known what she had been petitioning the throne of God for, but her indirect service was seen in the eyes of God.
I am thankful for the prayer warriors of the body of Christ. I am thankful for those who are in tune to His voice and who will pray for someone they hardly or don’t even know. Their service may not been seen, and we may never know that someone has been praying on our behalf on this side of heaven, but I wholeheartedly believe that without prayer, those who are on the frontline would fail.
The warriors, spiritual leaders, the men and women who are seen and who are watched, who battle in the name of Jesus, are in desperate need of indirect service.
Having been involved in a lot of behind-the-scenes events at church lately, I have come to realize and truly appreciate the beauty of indirect service. Those people who are faithful to coming and doing what the Lord has called them to without ever receiving much praise for what they do.
Without their help, those who are called to the frontline battle would find things a lot more difficult.
These devotionals wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the prayers I feel fueling me forward. If it weren’t for those who spoke encouragement into my life when I was uncertain and afraid, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
This passage of Scripture in 1 Samuel reminds me of the story of Moses, Aaron, and Hur on the mountain top (Exodus 17) and the wonderful cooperation of the arm-bearer and the armor-bearer. (Taken from a Pastor Malcolm sermon.)
If it weren’t for Moses’ prayers and Aaron and Hur’s help when Moses was tired, Joshua wouldn’t have been able to do what he was called to do. It took both forces, the indirect and the direct, for a victory.
I just love these verses from 1 Samuel 30: 21-24:
21 When David come to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them.
22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.”
23 Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us.
24 And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.”
Staying by the baggage doesn’t receive the spotlight or the recognition, but how would it be if the warriors returned to find their supplies had been raided and their resources stolen?
The men who stayed behind, even in the eyes of warrior King David, were just as worthy to receive spoils as the men who had actively secured them. If it hadn’t been for the men who stayed behind, how would the others have felt confident to leave their supplies behind and enter into battle?
They shall share alike.
Pray with me.
Lord, thank you for Who you are, that you are the same God today as You were in the days of King David. Thank you that unlike the world around us, You do not falter and sway with every passing wind. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Father, I also want to praise You for creating Your body of believers so uniquely. You have supplied each of us a talent and gift that we can use to further Your kingdom and to honor Your Name. Today I pray that whether our talents are those that are displayed or those that are more hidden that You receive the full glory. Whether our service to You and to the help of our brothers and sisters is direct or indirect, whether we are on the frontline or protecting the supplies, Father I ask that You are worshiped through our service.
In Your Son’s Holy and Precious Name,