Seeking Help: A scriptural basis?
Ward Advocacy, LLC is Christ-Centered. We hope you enjoy this posting from Guest Blogger, Blenda Anderson at BlenCouragesU.com!
Is asking for help biblical? Yes.
Imagine Jesus in his own city healing, calling people to follow Him, teaching and raising the dead. Think about how excited the people in the city must have been about the mighty miracles Jesus had performed! And here He was in RIGHT in the city among them! How many were perhaps thinking YES!!!! Here is my chance to be healed!
As Jesus was moving about, two blind men made their way to Jesus and began to follow Him, crying and saying “Son of David, have mercy upon us! As Jesus went into the house, the men went to Jesus where He asked them if they believed that He was able to do this [heal them]. The reply? Yes, Lord. At that point, Jesus touched their eyes and said, “according to your faith, be it unto you.” And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:27-30).
In those three Scriptures, two very amazing things happened. One, Jesus gave sight to the two men. And two, the blind men actually came to Jesus for and asked for help.
When you think about it…
Everything we do from infancy is rooted in our independent nature. Babies want to hold their own bottles, toddlers want to walk and explore on their own, school-aged youth want to do things by themselves. That mindset continues throughout our teens and adults lives. And while independence can be good in certain instances (with the understanding, of course, that without God, we can do nothing–John 15:5), there are times and situations where we have simply reached our extremities and cannot do anything else to help ourselves. Like the blind men, we need to go to someone and ask for help.
Many Christians acknowledge the fact they need help in their walk with Christ, yet when it comes to something like needing food, clothing, assistance with rent/mortgage, an overdue bill, feeling overwhelmed with caregiving and needing a break, or something as simple as rewriting a resume or cover letter, we will not ask for help. Why?
For those of us in need? Pride. There is a certain humility that comes with asking someone for assistance and the thought of having to ask can create feelings of tension, fear, worry, angst, anger or sadness even depression. While real, these emotions are rooted in pride that comes from a worldly stance (1 John 2:16), and something God does not intend for saints to practice—especially because of the consequences. The Word warns us pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). We can avoid these destructions and falls by asking the Lord to help us speak up when needed.
The Flip Side
Now, for those of us in a position to help, what is our initial response to a request for help? Is it, ”I’ll be praying”, while we say, “depart in peace, be warm and filled” … yet we give them not those things which are needful to the body” (James 2:16).
Yes, we certainly do need to pray for those in need, but we are also called to assist, if we can, according to the leading of the Lord. Rather than spend all our surplus money, time or resources on that new item or event, we can actually be the answer to someone’s prayer! Remember that all we have belongs to God and we are to properly steward [manage] over it. Luke 12:42 asks, who then is the faithful and wise steward whom his master will put in charge of the household to give his servants their portion of meat in due season? If Jesus is nudging the stewards of His household to to help someone in need, we should do it.
If you are in need:
- Remember faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
- Like the blind men, go to Jesus in faith to seek assistance and trust Him to guide you to the right person or place to get what you need (Like Ward Advocacy, LLC).
- Once the situation is rectified, seek God and wise counsel on how to live so the circumstance can be avoided in the future, if applicable (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Be a blessing to someone else when you can (Proverbs 3:28).
If you can help or point someone in the right direction:
- Remember we are not to withhold good from the to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. (Proverbs 3:28).
- Listen to the individual prayerfully and avoid interjecting thoughts and comments unless the Lord says otherwise (Proverbs 15:28).
- Respond with love and compassion. If there is a lesson to be taught, ask God for the appropriate time to follow-up with that (Colossians 4:6).
- Once you assist someone, do it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), quietly (Matthew 6:1-4), and to God’s glory expecting nothing in return. God is a good record-keeper and will reward you appropriately (Colossians 3:17, 3:23-24).
I pray this post is a call to action for all of us. Please post a comment and let us know which part of the post spoke to your heart.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! May God continue to bless and keep you!
Our guest blogger is Blen from BlenCouragesU.com, where she encourages the people of God to #StayOnTheWall for the Lord. You can catch her weekly podcasts on her site or follow her on Facebook.
…for the people had a mind to work (Nehemiah 4:6). #StayOnTheWall