Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Matthew 27:32, NLT)
It is beautiful that in the body of Christ we no longer are forced to carry another’s cross, but it is our privilege to do so as a member of the family of God.
Because Jesus bore the cross of Crucifixion for our sins, we are free to bear one another’s daily burdens in prayer. Richard Foster said this of intercessory prayer:
Who needs help carrying their cross today in your sphere? Be a willing Simon for them.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!~ Helen H. Lemmel