The final couple of summers I’ve hosted a teen Bible examine the place now we have opened The Phrase and saturated ourselves with a sure ebook or took a detour right into a topical examine. Extra lately, just a few of those candy teenagers have been inquiring concerning the finish instances and requested to select my mind about it. Whereas I don’t declare to have probably the most information on the topic, I nonetheless invited them over. All of us sat round my messy kitchen desk as we flipped by Scriptures collectively to gleam and be taught what God’s Phrase needed to say.
As I used to be speaking to a couple of those candy younger women and munching on snacks (which is deemed essential when speaking to teenagers), a query got here up that despatched a manifestly loud sign penetrating my very own coronary heart.
“How ought to we pray for our misplaced pals?”
Her involved eyes locked with mine and her honest and real inquiry made me pause earlier than I may muster up a solution. Let me make clear by saying I’ve identified this explicit younger girl since she was a tiny tot, and her delicate coronary heart for exhibiting God’s like to others is awe-inspiring. But she was asking me the right way to attain her pals who appeared misplaced and confirmed indicators of slowly drifting away from God. It simply acquired me enthusiastic about how typically I pray for my very own pals who waver of their religion. And, sadly the reply to that’s… not sufficient!
Actually, I can’t stress this sufficient – the enemy is on full-blown assault, and he’s after our youngsters, our marriages, our household, and our pals. His mission is to destroy the lives of the trustworthy, making them flip away from God. He desires to tempt, tantalize, and slowly torture them, bringing on confusion and lies wrapped in candy eye sweet. He’s stealing away their coronary heart for information primarily based on Fact and changing it with deception. He’s principally luring them in to tear them down.
Sadly, as a lot as we could wish to step in and cease it, gently coaxing our family members again to the Fact, aiming to get them to finally search God, it’s not really easy. When the liar has a stranglehold on a buddy, they could construct up partitions of resentment in the direction of you, flip inward, or altogether shut you out! In that case, we have to deliver out our strongest weapon – prayer.
Will you be a part of me in praying for these pricey pals who’ve misplaced their manner? Possibly they’ve drifted away from their religion, have conformed to the sinful patterns of the world, or have allowed the enemy to talk so loudly that they’re starting to imagine the lies.
Now… I invite you to take a psychological image of that misplaced buddy proper now. Do you see them? Good. Now, deliver that pricey and beloved buddy to Jesus, and let’s unleash our biggest weapon. The facility of our prayers!
A Prayer to Hear and Obtain Fact
Father God, I’m so grateful that You’re a good and trustworthy Father (2 Timothy 2:13). You inform us in your Phrase that even when we’re faithless, You stay steadfast and trustworthy. That provides me a lot consolation as a result of I come to You at this time with a heavy coronary heart. My pricey buddy, (title), is so desperately misplaced and hopeless. She has hardened her coronary heart to the reality of Your Phrase, turning into blind to Your goodness, mercy, and charm, unwilling to listen to and obtain the richness of Your superb love. Lord, I ask that You step in and contact her coronary heart in a mighty manner, as solely You’ll be able to. Rekindle the flames of religion and ignite the Holy Spirit inside her so she will depend on You when the world is clamoring for her consideration. I ask this in Your Holy title. Amen.
A Prayer to Really feel the Presence of God
O Lord, You might have such a young and exquisite manner wherein You meet along with your beloved daughters. Your love is so nice, so deep, and so extensive that it by no means ceases to amaze me (Psalm 36:5-7). In saying that, I elevate up my buddy, (title). She desperately must really feel the heat and peace that comes from Your radiating presence. I pray that she turns to You and finds a secure place and supply of refuge from the difficulty and alignments of this brutal and messy world (Psalm 46:1). Lord, I ask that You draw shut and supply methods for her to really feel Your treasured presence. Give her moments to hunt quiet and nonetheless moments to minister to her coronary heart. Amen.
A Prayer for Trustworthy Fellowship
Jesus, You’re so superb to us and our closest ally and buddy. Your compassion and love by no means fail, which is why I humbly elevate up my pricey sister who’s in want of that tender reminder. She has pushed You away and is rejecting You on this season of her life. I pray that You please take away unhealthy or unsafe relationships and change them with trustworthy pals who will draw her again to You. Lord, assist me be the trustworthy buddy she wants and communicate with love, fact, and charm (James 5:16). I pray that in time she finds a spot of worship or a neighborhood of trustworthy ladies she will belief to stroll alongside her and develop her religion. Amen.
A Prayer for Repentance
Thanks, God, for Your ample mercy and charm. You’re so superb to us and always search after us time and time once more (Luke 15:3-7). I come to You with a grieving coronary heart for my buddy who has stumbled into self-indulgence and wandered away from the flock. She has sadly embraced the world and is chasing after the tantalizing methods of the flesh. So, Lord, I come to You with a coronary heart of sorrow and conviction. I ask that You forgive me the place I’ve failed and overpassed Your treasured Fact, as I do know I’ve additionally entertained the lies of the enemy. But, as I combat my very own battles, I additionally give You my coronary heart crammed with sorrow for my buddy. Lord, please soften her coronary heart and permit the Holy Spirit to do an ideal work in her life, convicting her of any sin. Deliver a couple of want to vary and switch to stroll within the goodness of Your methods. I pray this in Jesus’ title. Amen.
A Prayer to Fall Deeply Again in Love with Jesus
Trustworthy Father, thank You for Your unfailing and unconditional love. As I elevate up my treasured buddy, (title), I ask that You’ll draw shut and reveal Your self to her in a mighty and highly effective manner. I would like so badly for her to fall again into the goodness of Your love and expertise the ample life solely You’ll be able to provide her. You inform us that You’re the Means, the Fact, and the Life (John 14:6). Encourage my buddy to hunt the goodness of Your methods by quenching her thirst with the refreshment of Your Phrase and a want to dwell a life that honors You. I earnestly pray that she falls deeply in love with You as You reclaim all her coronary heart, all her soul, all her thoughts, and all her power (Mark 12:30-31). I ask this in Your treasured title. Amen.
My Prayer for You
Lord, I hand over the candy daughter who’s laying eyes on this at this time, lovingly lifting up her beloved buddy. Whereas You understand the intricate particulars of this example and the intimate nature of every of their hearts, I pray a particular blessing over their friendship. I pray that You intervene, restoring any damage and heartache that comes with a buddy whose religion is wavering. I pray that You provide knowledge and discernment on the right way to method such fragile subjects and that the phrases and actions she shares along with her buddy are supplied and displayed with Your love, fact, and charm. Lord, please give this pricey daughter of Yours the encouragement she must be a lightweight to her buddy. I pray this in Jesus’ title. Amen.
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Amber Ginter is a trainer, creator, blogger, and psychological well being activist who resides within the lovely mountains and cornfields of Ohio. She loves Jesus, granola, singing, studying, dancing, operating, her husband Ben, and collaborating in all issues energetic. She’s at present enrolled within the Writer Conservatory Program and plans to pitch her ebook: Psychological Well being and the Fashionable Day Church for Younger Adults, quickly. Go to her web site at amberginter.com.