100 Receiving PrayerPosted: May 27, 2014
Perfectionism afflicts us emotionally and mentally as a disease. Disease is dis-ease and uneasiness as well as dysfunctionality. Perfectionism wars against peace and rest. It allows no comfort nor any type of easing of pain. Perfectionism causes much of our pain.
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14
Other people will pray for us if we ask. This becomes necessary for our healing and growth. Perfectionism itself blinds us to our own perfectionistic behaviors. In fact, those very behaviors and the rewards we reap from them reinforce our perfectionistic belief systems.
We cannot see what others plainly see. The nearness of our own problems prevents us from seeing them clearly, like trying to focus on one’s own nose. Others provide a mirror to see our reflection. Further, they pray for us in ways which we would not even think to pray.
Receiving prayer is humbling. Yea! (Throw your arms up in the air and shout!) We get to humble ourselves by asking for prayer. We make ourselves vulnerable when sharing such deep issues. Also, we ask for help in asking for prayer. We resist asking because we are proud. Is losing our pride such a bad thing? Let us let go of pride and ask for prayer.
Whom can we ask? Our churches or bible studies have people who can pray for us. Many churches have prayer teams during services and prayer ministries where an appointment for prayer can be made. The website or information line may say how to receive prayer. We can definitely ask friends, family or co-workers in our lives to pray.
Those safe people who pray for us do so in ways we do not think to pray. As an added benefit, they will agree with us in our own prayers for freedom from perfectionism. Our becoming free from perfectionism will benefit those around us.
Yes, asking for prayer is humbling. Remember, humbling ourselves helps to free us from pride, shame and perfectionism. Either we humble ourselves, or we will be humbled.
Blessed and calling for more,
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Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.
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