We men are hard workers. Whether it is blue or white collar, we often give it all, or even give too much, so we have a right to be tired. Then there is stuff around the house, taking care of kids, maybe helping with the team, and of course we have our parents or adult children that can be a bit too dependent. It is very easy to run out of gas.
I have been burning the candle a little too much, but I made time to attend the National Day of Prayer breakfast in the morning, and the worship get together in the evening at Christ Community Church in El Centro. I was blessed and it helped with the stress.
I go every year to both activities. I eat at the breakfast, and get fed by the many great pastors that teach about praying for our country, its leaders, and our major institutions (family, education, government, media, military, etc.)
There is always great worship and all the preachers are limited to about 5-6 minutes. I was tired after a long day, giving a final exam, but it ended my day on a very positive note to attend the prayer meeting with hundreds of others.
Prayer increases my energy. Also fellowship, praying and worshiping with others gets me going. How many times have dragged yourself to church and found a lot of spring in your step when you left? We are designed to worship God, pray for others, and to receive prayer.
I do want to share something that men need to hear, because I heard it twice at the national prayer celebration. There is so much I heard, and when it was shared twice, I think God wanted me to pay attention.
In the Old Testament, there was a battle with the Amelkites in Exodus 17:10 where “Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.”
It was a long battle, but God’s children prevailed, but the message is that when men battle, we get tired. We need other men to support us, pray for us, and to do things we are not able to do on our own.
In our culture, men pride themselves in their independence, but we also know from Proverbs that “pride precedes the fall!” Moses allowed himself to be supported and it saved many lives and became a model for men in battle. Are you connected with other men? Do you have a male prayer partner? Who is alongside you for the battle you are now in or the one scheduled for this weekend?
You can go it alone, but research shows that it is bad for your health, your family and your faith. Get connected today. After a Promise Keepers men’s conference over 15 years ago, a group of men from our church (Valley Baptist), began meeting for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 6:00 am.
We have been meeting weekly ever since. Although we are older and weaker, we are still strong in the Lord. We have been by each other’s sides for a variety of battles and we are all better for it. We also do several things as couples, which is just an added blessing to have the wives involved.
If you are tired, reach out and lift up someone’s arms. Ask them to lift yours. Get together for a happy meal or some prayer time. You know what happens as the runner gets more tired? He will soon fall, and pride precedes the fall.
You have something to lose, but there can be great gains with a great God, if you are willing to get together. Good luck and I pray for your victory in the next battle!