When we love people, we can’t help but pray for them because we carry them in our hearts!
And when friends are far away and we’re unable to express our love and support personally, we can pray, knowing that God hears us.
Jesus prayed for His disciples. Paul prayed for the believers in Philippi, the Christians in Colossae, and his friends in Ephesus. When it comes to your friends and friendships, there are many reasons to turn to God in prayer!
- Praise God for your friends. You’ve been blessed with special people in your life. Give thanks for them.
- Pray for their spiritual insight.Paul prayed for believers to have their spiritual eyes opened so they would recognize their spiritual blessings.
Every prayer you lift up for your friends reaches God’s ears and heart. Ask Him to use His power, might, strength, and wisdom to help the people you care about.
You should cultivate friendships with others, especially other Christians who will encourage you in your faith and give good advice. The Bible says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20).
If you are in need of such friends, ask God to lead you to the right people. Be willing to take time to be a friend to other men who would benefit from your wisdom and experience.
Who can you look to as an example? Who can you encourage?
Lord, thank You for hearing my prayers for my friends. For those who don’t know You, help me be an example of Your love and grace. And for those friends who know You, I pray they will see Your hand in their lives.A Young Man’s Guide to Making Right Choices by Jim George is the perfect gift for the young man in your life. Young ladies will enjoy A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices by Elizabeth George.
REFLECTAre you friends with others who are a positive influence on your life; who encourage and build you up in the faith? Are you making the effort to grow spiritually, so you, in turn, can be that kind of friend to others?
Friends are a gift from the Lord.