Hey, Brother, Can You Spare Some Faith?

Sometimes I seem to have more faith to pray for other people’s situations than I do for my own. Their “giants” seem smaller than mine. I can pray for their needs longer without being tempted to give up. I can envision miracles more easily in their circumstances than in mine. I know it doesn’t make much sense, but that’s just how it is.

A while ago, God put it on my heart to pray with unusual (for me, it was unusual) faith for a friend’s rather large burden. I am pretty sure this will be a long-term prayer assignment, but that doesn’t bother me. I am confident that what I’m asking for is God’s will, and I am confident that He can do it, so I am asking Him to do what seems humanly impossible, but is an easy thing for Him. It is a joy to pray for my friend’s situation—and to watch God respond in small yet undeniable ways.

Meanwhile, quietly and on her own, my friend had been praying for an “impossible” situation of mine. It’s something that frankly, I hardly even talked to God about anymore—I’d prayed for it for so long without seeing any signs of an answer that I’d all but given up. Somehow it came up one day, and I learned about her quiet intercession for me. So I asked her about it. She told me she really believes that God is going to come through for me in it—so she keeps praying. The fact that it felt hopeless to me didn’t faze her; she had faith to spare.

It was fun to realize that God had given her spare faith for my need, and He had given me spare faith for hers. It was like we were trading faith. And in the process, our faith in God for our own situations is increasing.

I point out to her the little ways I can see God working in her circumstances. And she does the same for me. We’ve talked about how hearing things from the other’s (more objective) perspective, boosts our faith: God really does seem to be doing something here!

Maybe there’s someone in your life who needs some of your faith to intercede for their “impossible” burden. What do you think, brother, sister . . . can you spare some faith to pray for them?

Have any of you have similar experiences? I’d love to hear about them. Or any other thoughts you have about faith and intercession.




5 thoughts on “Hey, Brother, Can You Spare Some Faith?

  1. Judy Niednagel says:

    I love this, piece, Cynthia! It’s a beautiful story! It makes me want to “trade faith” more with some of my friends!

    • cbezek says:

      Thanks, Judy. Good to hear from you. Since I read this yesterday, I’ve been praying for one of your on-going requests . . . and imagining what God might do. I know He wants to . . .
      Happy Mother’s Day!

      • Judy Niednagel says:

        Thanks for your prayers, Cynthia! I miss you! But praying for you and knowing you’re praying for me makes me feel so much closer! Your blogs are so good and really helpful! I hope to respond more. I still battle the clock and don’t win! We’re working on a CO trip, so I’ll get in touch when we get some things worked out. Hope to see you! Sending love ~ Judy

  2. LAH says:

    Interesting timing–I just wrote a post about this very topic for my own blog… but it won’t appear until next week. (Just so you know I wasn’t copying you!) 😎

    This has definitely happened to me. There was an event in my life that was so traumatic, I was unable to think at all, much less concentrate enough to pray. But God raised up others to pray on my behalf, and could actually feel their prayers lifting me up.

    Similarly, on specific occasions, God has asked me to pray for others, generally without their knowledge. In those times, it’s almost as if I could reach out and touch heaven. God told me exactly how to pray, and I know He was eagerly listening, ready to answer.

    • cbezek says:

      Thanks for sharing, Leslie. I especially love it that God told you exactly how to pray. I used to miss that part of prayer. But if He burdens us to pray, He knows what He wants to happen, so we can be pretty sure He’ll clue us in if we ask and listen!

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