As the old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus!” He accepts us, walks with us through trials, is always available and always listens.
John 15:13-15 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Prov. 27:17“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
- Thank God for the friendships he has surrounded you with. Pause and pray for two friends today. Celebrate God’s goodness in friendship.
- Ask God to help you be a friend who is faithful, honest, thoughtful, loving, full of grace, loyal and supportive, celebrates successes, trustworthy, encouraging, prayerful, forgiving and willing to speak truth in love.
- Pray you would not place unrealistic expectations on friends and desire to connect out of an unrealistic need in your own life. Be a good friend by being secure in your identity and recognizing your worth in Christ.
- If you find yourself or have a friend in a broken friendship, honour God by asking for forgiveness for any bitterness, resentment and anger you hold in your heart. Take your hurt to Jesus realising our struggle is not again flesh and blood. Seek Jesus for reconciliation in your friendship.
- Jesus was called ‘a friend of sinners.’ Jesus himself said that he didn’t come for the spiritually healthy, but for the sick. “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:32). If Jesus was a friend of sinners, we should be too. Step out of your comfort zone. Who might you reach out to today and extend the love of God. Be okay with associating with the marginal, the poor, the destitute and those often overlooked in society (Luke 7:22).
Julianne August, Prayer Catalyst