Praying With and For Our Friends

Praying With And For Our Friends

(October 2013 - Week 3)

(1). Luke 22:31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

(2). Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

(3). Acts 4:23-24(a) & 31 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God...31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

(4). Romans 15:30-32 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

(5). “George Muller a man of prayer and man of faith.  A definite prayer of importunity follows: ‘In November, 1844, I began to pray for the conversion of five individuals. I prayed every day without a single intermission, whether sick or in health, on the land or on the sea, and whatever the pressure of my engagements might be. Eighteen months elapsed before the first five was converted. I thanked God and prayed on for the others. Five years elapsed, and then the second was converted. I thanked God for the second, and prayed on for the other three. Day by day I continued to pray for them, and six years passed before the third was converted. I thanked God for the three and went on praying for the other two. These two remained unconverted.’ Those prayers? You ask. In 1897, those two men, sons of a friend of Mr. Müller’s youth, were not converted, after he had entreated God in their behalf for 52 years daily. But after his death God brought them in the fold.” [George Müller by Basil Miller, pg. 146]

(6). Prayer thought: Our prayer with our friends can help them find strength in God (1 Samuel 23:16). Our prayer for our friends can be part of loving them deeply, with a love that covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). (Peter learned this when he asked Jesus how many times he should forgive a brother who sinned against him [Matthew 18:21-22]). Praying with and for friends is a means of blessing that extends beyond our resources to the riches we’ve accessed in Christ.