Asking for help is vital to our spiritual "Vitality"! It starts and ends...with God...God is Love..so whatever is You...( a creation of Love), whatever is important to you (a response of Love), whatever you Feel... ( the Spirit of Love) or whatever you want, need, desire,crave, consume...you get the idea is a manifestation of Love in, of, around, about, and through you. Living by the life of Love
( that other person of Jesus) that dwells, lives, breathes , moves, works and shines...simply does so because God Loves ...you.
OK so as we follow Him, believe and obey him...we look to this "Author and Finisher of our faith"! And as we look we look....Within... We begin/are born... created. We "finish" are Born Again...growing in Love...I just shared a statement " It is OK to pray for yourself" with someone...and they admitted they had a hard time with that one...I just heard the word "Resistant"...our Adamic nature is such...that we all living in that sin "resistance" that blinds and binds the Freedom we were first created in...and now "Made Free" By Jesus's Victory on the Cross...
Free to Love ...yourself!
Leviticus 19:18 “Don’t seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. “Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.
Hosea 12:6 What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don’t give up on him—ever!
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
Mark 12:32-33 The religion scholar said, “A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!”
Romans 13:8-10 Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.
Galatians 5:13-15 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
James 2:8-11 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.
OK...now that you have tasted some "nuggets"...chew on them and think about loving yourself...Taking His Word to your heart..obeying and Loving yourself enough to do those things that the Holy Spirit empowers us to do...
First and primary Ask God for Help! LIke David in the Psalms...and so so many in the old Testament did, and others who suffered for NOT asking...and like the Greek, Syro-Phoenician woman who came to Jesus! begging for help to heal her daughter...Help! Help! Ask! Ask!
While there are many scriptures that speak to that I encourage you to search that out for yourself...Wow...so many encouragements..to Ask for help. That as Jesus o that bloody Cross...instrument of torture and death should respond to a plea for help...
We all know or have read ...."ask and you shall receive"
Help and be helped..and BE help!
And if I may offer a worldly word on the subject of asking for help...from a magazine article I read [citation needed ;) i lost it] I read that a vast majority of seriously troubled folk who need help but don't get it suffer tremendously depression kills many causing suicides ...but of those who sought help....any help the vast majority like in the 90 percentile actually felt better within two weeks!
So Sistren and Brethren...Love yourself,,,pray for yourself, and yes help yourself by following the Godly advice...As simply put in Proverbs 20:18,
Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get. Get it all from as many of those who would really desire to help you trusting God to answer you in your time of need....God who heals through His people called into the healing profession...God also counsels by those called into that ministry...and that is yet one more awesome reason Jesus is called WONDERFUL Counselor!
...Run to the Word...seek counsel! Especially from the Wonderful one...
And Rock and Roll! Jesus is the Rock....and we Roll!
And keep checking back as our journey continues to that place called Grace...