This morning marks the first Mens Prayer Breakfast i’ve attended since we’ve started going to our new church. Us men met by the local lake under a pavilion with the aromatic scent of eggs and cheep coffee wafting through the air.
I spoke with a few men exchanging pleasantries and sipping coffee. We sat down for breakfast near the fireplace where all those southerners were huddling around because of the “cold” 40 degree weather.
The devotion, led by the childrens associate pastor was on Moses in Exodus 17 where he held his staff up so that they would defeat the Amalekites.
The main point was that even Moses needed his men to hold his hands up when he grew weary. He couldn’t do it in himself. He needed the community God had placed in his life to help him.
Along with that, one man chimed in and mentioned how just like Moses, when we lower our “spiritual arms” in life, there are consequences beyond us. When men look at pornography for example it not only effects him in a destructive way, it also causes a deep chasm between his wife and his children. Our sin isn’t localized. It damages those closest to us.
And that’s why we need community. Especially as men we feel the draw to be self suffient, self made. We’re told by our flesh and society that our feelings make us weak, that our struggles show us to be failures. But that is not so.
Men praying for men and men loving and encouraging other men in Christ is one of the most transformative means of sanctifiction there is. When men get out of their comfort zones and admit that they’re not as strong as they think they are it’s amazing what can transform in their hearts.
But that’s what Christ wants, He wants us to seek accountability and admit we struggle with lust, anger, greed, power, etc. to a trusted brother in Christ. Without community, men don’t thrive.
So men, I encourage you to find a group at your church, maybe a breakfast or prayer meeting and get to know some people. Reach outside of your comfort zone and find someone you can trust and tell them your struggles and get accountability. You’ll be amazed at how hard, yet gloriously edifying it is.