By Tiffany Thibault, Crosswalk.com
A Prayer for a God-Loving Friend
By Tiffany Thibault
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. - Psalm 34:3
I consider it a great blessing to have grown up in a Christian home. My parents were intent on making God and the Bible an intricate part of our lives. My parents were real about their faith and their need for God. Life was hard at times, but I always knew that together, as a family, we would get through anything because their dependence on God was real.
I also consider it a great blessing to have grown up attending church. I have memories of our family being the last to leave as my mom was praying for someone in the hallway at church. I remember seeing people go forward to the altar to have the pastors pray over them. I remember hearing the words “I will pray for you,” and I took in that spiritual strength, knowing that at some point in their own busy day, they would pray for my situation.
Through the years, as I have taken responsibility for my own faith walk, I have seen the great necessity to surround myself with the friendships of other women who will point me to Jesus. This is so important to me, because life is hard. Struggles drain my emotions and my energy. I always make sure that am I attending a church and reading the Bible. Those are two things I cannot live without.
However, the biggest blessing of my life is having a few ladies whom I trust, who I can ask to pray for me. They will drop everything and pray right then and there.
These friends have been so essential to me for several reasons:
They always talk about trusting the Lord for their hard things.
They always bring up a verse from the Bible in conversation.
They never talk smack about anyone, not their husbands, kids, parents or other people.
They freely give to others who are hurting.
They are quick to ask: “Can we pray right now about this?”
The more I spend time with these ladies, the more I want to be like them in this way. This Bible verse talks about worshipping God together with others. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Christians were never meant to do this life alone.
Our lives should be lived as a reflection of who we believe, showing our trust in our God. Our lives should be spent with others who love God as much as we do. Our lives would be spent with other believers, worshipping Him together.
Do you have a friend who prays with you? Do you have friends who point you to Jesus when you are struggling?
Are you a friend who prays for others right then and there? Are you a friend who encourages others to live more for Jesus?
Let’s pray that the Lord blesses us with such kind of friends. Let’s pray that we can be that kind of friend to others,
You are Holy. You are good. I praise you for who You are. I praise You for how You move in my life, in both the good times and the hard times. I pray, Lord that you bring into my life someone who will walk with me through this life, someone who will encourage me through Scripture and prayer. I pray for someone who will keep pointing me to Jesus in all of life’s ups and downs.
Lord, I also pray that you work in my heart and my thoughts, that I would become that person for someone else. Help me to overcome my fears and insecurities so that I can magnify you to the world and encourage others in their own personal walk with the Lord. Work through me today Lord to point others to you through my words and my actions.
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Tiffany Thibault is the author of the Bible study “Being Fruitful;” she loves leading Bible Study and speaking to women, encouraging them through truths from the Bible. She lives in the Mojave desert with her family and loves to explore the wilderness areas around her city.
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