Praying for a friend in need

by Belle (USA)

I have a friend who is currently at the start of the process of divorce. He is a very involved caring father. He needs prayers to help him through this. His children are being very hard on him, partially due to being pushed by his wife(their mother) to “bring daddy home”.

He has tried to explain with kindness and caring what is going on. It is hard on the children & everyday he goes through pain & guilt. They beg him to come back home. He has stayed in the marriage till he came to a point where it was taking so much out of him. He began having medical problems, serious one that were due to the years of pain and manipulation he has endured at the hands of a wife who only cares about herself & has done so many things to him, it got to the point where if he didn’t leave it would kill him.

Not to mention how it has already hurt him to the point it has killed some of him inside. Please pray for him

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Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in Your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people.
Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs.
I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day.
She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time.
In Jesus name. Amen.
To be Grateful
Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot,
and compassionate toward all those who are
suffering every kind of distress at this
difficult time.
May we hold back nothing, and
hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy,
like the disciples of Him who went about doing
good in times of need.
Amen

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Heavenly, Omnipotent Father, there are times in my life when I need true friends, a comforting arm, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on or even just sensible good advice.

But there are no true friends to turn to. No one who I can relate to or who truly understands exactly how I feel. It leaves me feeling broken, empty and lost.

Fill me, Lord with Your divine holy presence. Allow me to feel Your tender, warm embrace wrapped around me, as I sit here and cry out to You.

Proverbs 12:26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

Proverbs 16:28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

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Always there for me

Father, today I can safely say that You are my best friend. You have always been there for me, to comfort, guide and correct me when I need it the most. You are always by my side.

Heavenly Father, You pick me up each and every time I have fallen by the wayside. You have never failed me and I am assured that You won’t start now.

Praying for the right people

Your undying, never-failing, never-ending love drives me to become a better person, pushes me to want to become one with You. Lord, please bring the right people into my life, who would motivate me to become closer to You and remove the wrong ones that pull me away.

Strengthen my present friendships so that they will be based on You and Your word. Renew the past friendships that have died, and let me be an example, leading my friends to the Lord. In Your Holy, Precious name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. 

Proverbs 22:24–25 Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

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Is there a sweeter gift for your friends than praying the Scriptures over them?

After all, there are few things on earth more precious than friendship.

To have people in your life you can be real with. With no pretenses. No masks. No filters.

No fear of offense because they’re quick to give you the benefit of the doubt.

The ones who will tell you what you need to hear…

even if it’s not always what you want to hear.

The ones who have your back…

but at the same time don’t hesitate to hold your feet to the fire.

I’m blessed to have several people in my life who fit this description. Dearly loved friends, treasured family members who are also friends, and a cherished husband who was first (and remains to this day) my friend.

I must confess that while I pray frequently for specific needs in the lives of my friends, I have room to grow in the realm of praying the Scriptures for them.

Let’s fix that, shall we?

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praying for a friend in need

Prayers for Your Friends

Pray that according to the riches of God’s glory, He may grant your friend to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in her inner being, so that Christ may dwell in her heart through faith—that she, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that she may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19).

Ask that the Lord would bless your friend as he trusts in the Lord. Pray that he would be like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots strong and deep by the stream, and has no need to fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Pray that God would make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.

Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep her; that He would make his face to shine upon her and be gracious to her; that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon her and give her peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

praying for a friend in need

Implore the Lord not to allow steadfast love and faithfulness to forsake your friend, but that he would bind them around his neck and write them on the tablet of his heart. Remind God of His Word, which teaches that doing this will bring your friend favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Pray that he would trust in the Lord with all his heart, and not lean on his own understanding. Ask that in all his ways he would acknowledge God, and God will make straight your friend’s paths. Entreat the Lord to help your friend not be wise in his own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Claim God’s promise that this will result in healing to your friend’s flesh and refreshment to his bones (Proverbs 3:3-8).

Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve her life. Claim His promise to stretch out His hand against the wrath of your friend’s enemies, to deliver her with His right hand. Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for your friend, and of His steadfast and endless love for her. Ask Him not to forsake her, the work of His hands (Psalm 138:7-8).

praying for a friend in need

Beg theLord Jesus Christ Himself, and God your Father, who loved you and gave you eternal comfort and good hope through grace, to comfort your friend’s heart and establish it in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

Pray that the God of endurance and encouragement would grant you and your friend to live in harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5-6).

Dear Heavenly Father, You are our Friend who sticks closer than a brother. You are our example of true friendship – One who laid down His life for His friends. Thank you for the gift of human friendship, which is a tangible representation of Your love and care for us. I pray that You would make me one who encourages my friends to press on in this race called life, and to press in towards You. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.

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