LORD, PROP US UP!
An elderly deacon, when called upon to lead public prayer, always added, “And Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.” After hearing these words countless times, someone finally asked him what he meant.
He answered, “Well, I’ve got an old barn on my property. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of storms, and it's stood for many a year. One day I noticed that it was leaning to one side, so I got some poles and propped it up so it wouldn't fall. Although it's still standing, I keep an eye on it to see if it needs more support.
Some years back I got to thinking about how much I am just like that old barn. I've been around a long time; I've withstood a lot of hard times, and by God's grace I’m still standing. But sometimes I get to leaning – toward anger, doubt, impatience, criticizing – things I shouldn’t. I figure I'm not alone. So I ask the Lord to PROP US UP on our LEANING SIDE.”
Every Christian needs to frequently pray the same prayer. As strong as we might think we are, we tend to lean in a direction that may displease the Lord. “…let him who thinks he stands TAKE HEED lest he fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12
Fortunately, our loving heavenly Father is ready to hear and is able to answer prayers to correct our "leanings".
“…the L is faithful, who will ESTABLISH you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thess. 3:3
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith… But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, PERFECT, ESTABLISH, STRENGTHEN, and SETTLE you.” 1 Pet. 5:6-10
Jesus, always Jesus!