Tuesday isn’t just for tacos, people. Let’s get some truth in our bones this morning!
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
1 –> 2 –> 3.
The original Hebrew text for this verse makes a strong distinction between “two” and “three.” The word for “two” literally means a pair, couple, or both. It’s the same word the Bible uses to describe Adam and Eve, or when God created both light and darkness. But the word three is something altogether different. The original root of the word means “to intensify.”
Whoa. Not just simply add another, but to grow in power!
We can imagine fighting off an enemy back in the day with a bow and arrow. With three arrows shot, the enemy will be defeated. Each arrow serves its purpose, but maintains its individuality from the rest. One purpose, separate power to function.
On the other hand…
Imagine three ropes, braided together. They are stronger, bigger, and more beautiful than the single rope. Now imagine the ropes are us. We can function with such unity in prayer, in defending each other from the enemy, that God takes His place among us two, creating a third by His very presence!
This is our prayer and hope for #theFives. Sure, you can pray every morning at 5 a.m. individually and God will honor every prayer spoken from a sincere heart. But when we gather together in a community, the power of heaven comes through our prayers! We are a stronger and bigger threat to our enemy when we work together. What was one, becomes two, becomes three, becomes 725.
1.) Spend some time thanking God for your prayer community this morning. It may not look anything like you imagined it would, or it may have exceeded your expectations. Either way, God has is hand in it.
2.) Do some research. List out occurrences in the Bible when God used pairs, and also when God used triplets (think Noah’s ark from yesterday’s prompt, and the Trinity for threes.) What strikes you about the times God uses three rather than two? Why do you think “three” is important to God?
3.) List out each name in your conversation group for #theFives. Pray for God to bring more unity to your group these last two weeks. Pray for their needs, one by one. Not in a Fives group, but following along online? Ask God who you should pray for that needs community.