Asking for Help

by Larry Hehn on May 12, 2013

Dear Dad

It’s my pleasure to welcome my friend, author Sundi Jo Graham, to Christian in the Rough. If you haven’t read her latest book Dear Dad, did you know I was a Princess? you owe it to yourself to follow the link at the end of this post and check it out!

Take it away, Sundi Jo…

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” - James 5:14-15

From Dear Dad…

I wanted this to all be over. I sat at my desk twirling a pencil around, trying to figure out how to make sense of everything. No one else was in the office yet. I was extremely grateful. I was going to talk to my friend Jammie.

Maybe she would help me make sense of everything. Then I saw her e-mail:

“I was reading this morning and came across these scriptures and wanted to share it with you:

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up“ - James 5:14-15

“I love you and hope that you can meditate on these, and maybe they will help you want to seek help from our church family.”

Seek help from our church family? I had no idea what she was talking about. They had dragged her into all of this, too.

More…

Allow me to introduce you to the word denial. The definition? The action of declaring something to be untrue: “she shook her head in denial”.

Have you ever convinced yourself the truth really isn’t the truth? Ya, me too. I had myself convinced that I was ok. Friends were trying to reach out to me, but I wasn’t ready to face the truth.

Instead of asking for help, I dug myself into a deeper hole, convincing myself that everything was just fine and dandy. Malarkey!

I don’t believe the above verse just applies to the physically sick. We don’t have to be diagnosed with cancer to seek out prayers from our church family. I was emotionally sick and I can’t imagine the power prayer would have brought to the situation had I allowed myself to be vulnerable with those whom loved me.

The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. Vs. 15

The prayer of faith applies to our minds, as well as our bodies. Don’t let pride, fear, or denial keep you from seeking prayer. It’s the key to healing.

What’s getting in the way of your healing?

Sundi Jo is an author and speaker. Her first book Dear Dad, a memoir of gritty redemption, offering hope to the broken, is available now. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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bill (cycleguy) May 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

Sounds like a good book Larry. I do think Sundi Jo is right in that the verse does not just apply to physical sickness. Looks like one worth looking into.
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Larry Hehn May 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

I had the pleasure of reviewing the book prior to publishing. It is an amazing and inspiring memoir.

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Sundi Jo May 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

Bill,

I hope you find the book helpful.

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Larry Hehn May 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thank you again for sharing your post here, Sundi Jo. I received some off-line feedback yesterday from a good friend who was encouraged by your post, and took the next step to ask for help. Blessings!

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Jennifer May 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Sundi Jo’s book is filled with raw truth and hope! She has taught me to be vulnerable in asking for prayer. I’m so very grateful for her authentic faith in Jesus Christ.
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Larry Hehn May 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

Me too, Jennifer. Glad to have you here. Welcome!

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Barbara Drewry May 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Larry and Sundi Jo – This book sounds so good…I will check it out. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Sundi Jo…and thank you, Larry, for sharing Sundi Jo! :-) :-) Blessings – Barb :-) PTL

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Larry Hehn May 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm

My pleasure, Barbara. Thank you for stopping by!

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