Praying Hands -- A Support System For Men

When I was sixteen, I decided people were so wicked that Satan must be prompting them to be so despicable. I became angry at Satan and told him that I was going to learn his secrets. Then I would someday disarm him, whenever possible, by giving away all his secrets. I would warn his potential victims beforehand. Here is one such secret.

Men and women both need support systems to strengthen and encourage them. We all need to feel a sense of unity and closeness. We need some kind of bond to hold us together. But our culture dictates that we must be independent, untouchable islands unto ourselves. Men, in particular, are not supposed to touch or hug. This is no accident. The Bible says men are to be the leaders of the church and of the home. (1 Tim 2-3, 1 Cor 11:3, Eph 5:22-24) By attacking men's support systems, Satan has quite effectively weakened the leadership of our church, our homes, and our society.

Jesus said, "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Mt 18:19-20 KJV) Here, the Greek word for "gathered" means to lead together, i.e. collect or convene; specifically, to entertain (hospitably). So, men, try to be more hospitable and prayerful at the same time.

When you greet someone, touch him in some way. Shake his hand, or lay a hand on his arm or shoulder. Or even hug him. While you are touching, say a brief, silent prayer for him. Thank God for your Brother in Christ and ask God to bless him. Then tell your Brother about your prayers for him; then ask him to do the same for you whenever he greets you. These silent prayers will make you feel closer to each other. You will feel more comfortable with praying for each other out loud. And the positive effects of these prayers will carry over into all other aspects of both your lives.

Little children are taught to clasp or fold their hands when they pray. When two people hug, they could be thought of as one hand of the body of Christ clasping or enfolding the other hand of the body of Christ. When two people hug and pray together, they form a pair of praying hands.

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