“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.” —1 Timothy 2:1 NIV
One of my best friends lives in Florida, the other lives in New York City and another lives in Georgia. I’m clear across the way, currently living in Europe, which means I’m miles away when they wish I was there in times of need, celebratory times or just to enjoy a quick ice cream date so we can catch up on life. Distance doesn’t stop our friendship from growing and thriving though, because I love my friends, near and far, and I want what’s best for them. Through my long-distance friendships, I’ve learned how to make an impact on their lives in a more significant way than being physically present.
So, you may be wondering how I’m able to impact their lives from afar. Well, the answer is simple–I pray for my friends. Whether we are in the same room or there is an ocean between us, I bow my head and pray for these special women because I am invested in our relationships and committed to helping them through their struggles, day-to-day lives and battles, regardless of the distance between us.
When we pray for our friends, we take our faith to another level because we move from a self-focused mind frame to a love that aligns with God and His Will for our lives and the lives of others.
Whether life is peachy or my loved ones feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, I want them to know I’m praying for them in hopes they regain strength from our Lord and Savior.
Praying for your friends is vital. Through prayer, we are able to carry each other’s burdens. Too often, we make a habit of letting people know we will pray for them, but fail to take action. When we pray for our friends, we take our faith to another level because we move from a self-focused mind frame to a love that aligns with God and His will for our lives and the lives of others. Having a Jesus-like heart for your friends means consistently praying for them, and that’s exactly what God wants–He wants you and I to be just like Jesus (Philippians 2:5).
“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” —1 Samuel 12:23 NIV
My mom used to tell me that if I can count my true friends on one hand, then I should consider myself extremely fortunate. Needless to say, true friends are hard to come by, but when we find people that become the next best thing to our relationship with Christ, we want to pray for them as we pray for ourselves because we want their lives to be filled with joy, love, mercy and grace.
More than celebrating for your friends when their lives are going great or making time for them when things go awry, pray for them because the ultimate goal of friendships does not rest in proximity to one another or time spent. Instead, the ultimate goal of friendship is to treat your friends the way God designed the church, and that is by creating a space to grow together through prayer and love, all of which is made possible in His grace.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” —1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV