I wonder if part of the appeal of social media is that we’re able to have lots of “friends” without the inconvenience of actually making the friendships work.
We’re learning that more and more people struggle with sadness and loneliness because their “real life” friendships are suffering due to the distraction and rush of likes, comments, and shares from people online.
God made us for community. Real in person up-close community.
So, today I’m praying…
God, Please Help Me and Make Me a Good Friend
Father, You know we’re better when we’re connected to one another.
Solomon wrote, “two people are better than one because they can help each other.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
And it’s true Father. I am so thankful for the friends You’ve given me who have listened, encouraged, inspired, and blessed me in countless ways.
Your Word says…
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
I am so thankful for friends who have celebrated both my big and small victories and I’m especially grateful for precious friends who have sat with me and cried as I sobbed in brokenness and pain.
Your Word tells us to…
Encourage and take care of each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Be humble, gentle, and patient. Ephesians 4:2
Forgive one another. Ephesians 4:32
Look out for each other. Philippians 2:4
Make each other better. Proverbs 27:17
Carry each other’s burdens. Galatians 6:2
And Jesus summed it all up in two simple sentences.
Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Luke 6:31
Love each other as I have loved you. John 13:34
Oh, Father, help me. Make me a good friend.
Help us all to be better friends.
We want to love each other the way You want … but honestly, too often our selfishness gets in the way of our best intensions.
Please forgive us. Please forgive me.
Make us friends who don’t just pretend to love each other … make us friends who really love! Romans 12:9
Make us, make me, like Jesus … who was the perfect example and is our perfect friend.
Father, with Your help, may I…
Choose to be present.
Listen, really listen to my friends.
Be caring and compassionate.
Be honest and trustworthy.
Refuse to judge.
Be quick to forgive.
Encourage and inspire.
Father, I lift up my friends to You. Please help them with any struggles they are facing. Give them strength as they fight their battles. Hold them close and comfort them. Please allow them to feel Your loving presence.
Please help us to cherish each other and hold each other close. This world can be hard. The challenges are real and the enemy persistent. We are stronger when we stand together united in Your love. Thank you for giving us each other.
Father, thank you for giving me good friends. By Your grace and with Your help … make me a good friend. Help me love like Jesus. Amen.
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