Yesterday I shared about the gift of a friend (or stranger) that shares their story and invites you to share yours. Another beautiful gift in friendship is a friend that prays. Once again, I am overwhelmed that I have many friends who can fit in this category while some people have none. (Side note, if you’re in that second category, can I be your friend and pray for you?!?)
While many friends pray for me and some even with me on a regular basis, I was completely caught off guard this week by something a friend told me: “As I’ve been praying about this for you, God has seemed silent and I’m getting frustrated.” What struck me wasn’t the fervency with which she had been praying, nor that she was expecting God to speak, nor even that she was frustrated with God’s current silence. Catching me off guard a bit was that all of those things were true about something she was praying FOR ME!
She was that committed to prayer over something that has very little impact in her own life … except … that she knows it has huge impact in mine. I only hope that I am offering back that same beautiful gift to her.
Hebrews 4:16 says:
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
That second word is SO important… Let US approach God’s throne of grace in prayer. While prayer time alone with God is very scriptural and very important, I believe we also need some time regularly to enter the throne room together. Sometimes this is entering together in praise and thanksgiving as we gather each Saturday or Sunday for a worship service. Other times we gather with just one friend, perhaps carrying each other in, when life seems too overwhelming to approach confidently on our own.
Whatever it looks like, let’s look for, and perhaps more importantly BE, friends that pray.