I usually don’t devote this space to prayer requests but this is an urgent matter. I really need you to pray for this woman that I know.
I’ve known her my entire life. Although she’s a good bit older than me, she’s still beautiful. But right now she’s hurting.
She’s in a strong marriage but it’s like she keeps forgetting her vows. She repeatedly forsakes her husband in favor of lesser men. Men who do not care for her. Men who only wish to use her for their own pleasure and advancement. Repeatedly, they abandon her once they are done. Each time, I think she’s learned her lesson. Each time, I’m wrong. She keeps going back to what she knows is destroying her.
It wasn’t always this way. Early on, she lived her life with purpose. She helped others. She loved others. Part of what drew so many people to her was the way that she refused to blend in. She was so different. But that’s changing. Now, she’s becoming like everyone else. And I’m afraid of what it’s doing to her.
Have you ever seen mug shots of a meth addict? Usually in the first arrest picture, the person looks normal, healthy and even attractive. After ten or twenty arrests, it’s like you’re looking at a completely different person. Teeth that were once white are now gone. Strong facial features are now covered with blotches and bruises. It’s really sad to see. Well, that’s sort of like my friend. I don’t have any mug shots to prove it to you and she’s not on meth but she’s changed. You might say that the years haven’t been kind to her.
The lady who once spoke up for those who have no voice now shouts them down.
The lady who built her reputation on moving toward the hurting now seems to do everything she can to shelter herself from them.
There was a time when this lady was ridiculed by the world for being so different. Her holiness was seen as offensive to a dark world. Now even that same dark world blushes at her embrace of evil.
She used to love the truth. She loved to hear it. She loved to make it known. Now she questions the very concept. She has traded in what is right for what works. Or even worse, for what is popular.
Now, just like the people in those mug shots, you can’t hardly recognize her anymore.
And it’s breaking my heart. I hate to see her like this. She never was perfect but there was a time when she was much better than this. I’m really worried. So that’s why I’m using this space to ask you to pray. It’s all I know to do.
There have been interventions, bold confrontations, threats, close calls and all of that. None of it seems to work for more than a short time.
So I’ve decided to do a better job of praying for her and I would really appreciate it if you would join with me. In the end, I know that she’ll make it through okay. Sometimes that’s hard to believe but I still believe it. But along the way, I worry about the ones who will be led astray by her. The very ones she was supposed to be helping. That really bothers me.
So if you get a chance today, pray for my friend.
My hurting, misguided, nearly unrecognizable friend.
By now, I’m sure you’d like to know what name to call her as you lift her up in prayer.
Please pray for the Church.
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 (ESV)