Encouraging Others

Bible Reading: Acts 11:19-26
Author: Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)
Saturday 7 September 2013 © The Upper Room.
My friend had been going through a rough time. 

A long-distance move, unexpected health issues and financial concerns had put her under great pressure. We spoke over the telephone often; and invariably, conversation turned to discussion of her difficulties. 

My prayers for her never wavered, yet I felt that my prayers were left unanswered since her trials seemed to persist. ‘I wish I could help somehow,’ 
I said to her. ‘My prayers don’t seem to be enough.’

‘Oh no!’ she told me emphatically. ‘You are an answer to my prayer. Each time I speak with you, I feel renewed and ready to move forward through this time in my life.’

A similar story is in Acts 11:19–26. The church sent Barnabas to the Christians at Antioch, who perhaps felt overwhelmed by their circumstances. ‘He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith’ and he provided them with assistance and encouragement. 

While I can’t solve all my friend’s problems, I can be a reassuring, encouraging presence for her as she moves forward in her life with God—an answer to prayer indeed.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be people filled with faith and the Holy Spirit. May we be like Barnabas, providing encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
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