Luke 22:32 “…but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
I happened to walk into a coffee shop and saw some men gathered together. After I got my coffee, I walked over to say hello. There sat a few men huddled around a table with their Bibles opened. It was a wonderful sight to see. As I spoke to them, I asked how they got started. They replied that they had met a few years ago at another coffee shop where a group of men met and they grew too large. So, they started a group meeting at another location. Today's verse speaks of Jesus praying for Simon Peter who Satan was trying to lead into temptation. Jesus prayed that his faith would not fail and that once turned away, he would strengthen his brothers. I asked the men the name of the group where they had met and one man replied, "Dockworkers!" That was the group that a few men, including myself started over 15 years ago. We originally met to hold each other accountable. As the group grew, we prayed that other men would begin to lead groups of their own. Like today's' verse says, praying for each other and strengthening your brothers... God had done a wondrous thing from 5 men gathering to pray for each other. Are you involved in a group of men to pray for each other, to strengthen each other, and to one day, lead your own group in the ways of His Word? If not, why not start one today? You never know where God will take it!!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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