Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work; if one falls down, her friend can help her up. A Cord of Three strands is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12 (paraphrased)
Several years ago, we started a women’s prayer partner ministry at my church called “Cord of Three.”
I will always remember meeting with my Cord for prayer the first time! Brenda, Mollie, and I knew each other from the church but not on an intimate level. Our prayer requests sounded something like this: “We are remodeling our kitchen, and we’re trying to decide what color of paint to go with the cabinets.” Very generic and certainly at arm’s length.
We trod lightly in the beginning, but it didn’t take us long to form a bond of trust. Once we knew we could trust each other, we shared and shed many tears over our deepest prayer concerns.
Over the past seven years, we have,
- experienced authentic, godly friendship at the heart level
- prayed for each other during the most challenging times of our lives
- prayed for one another when the one needing prayer didn’t have the strength to pray for herself
- witnessed the hand of God move in ways we never knew were possible
- been there for one another when their world was falling apart
- encouraged one another to grow spiritually and to always turn to and trust God
I believe today, many women and men feel alone, and the idea of getting close to others is intimidating. There is a hesitancy to enter into new or deeper relationships because of past hurts or feelings of rejection. If this has happened to you, I want to encourage you to try again. Others are missing out on getting to know the brave and beautiful person that you are!
As the song goes, “We all need somebody to lean on.” I am thankful for my Cord of Three. I have certainly leaned on them and will continue to lean on them as we do life together.❤