We have one of the first examples of intercessory prayer as we see Moses appeal to God on behalf of the Israelite people. Moses implores God to “consider this nation as your people.” God’s promise to Abraham continues to be fulfilled as He protects and provides for the sojourning nation.
As Paul begins his letter to the churches in Thessalonica, he encourages them as he has heard much of their joy and passion for Jesus. But, the key is that he NAMES their history: “in spite of persecution.” He KNOWS they have suffered and endured pain and separation and trauma and shame. He KNOWS their hearts because he, too, has endured the same. And yet, even from a place of fear and doubt, he rejoices with them because they have clung to the Christ who offered His life for them.
We must reach out to others. We must be the encouragement. We must be the face and voice of God our Redeemer. When we ourselves are worn thin and frail, we must continue to give and share and offer ourselves to others. And, like Moses, we must bring our brothers and sisters to the feet of Jesus in prayer and offering.