When it comes to my friends and family, there is no one else I would rather spend my time with. Of course, we know that no family or friend group is perfect—they all have their shortcomings and annoyances. But for the most part they are people you love and respect. Also, if you are anything like me, you have friends and family that do not know how much God loves them, and they do not know Jesus the way you do.
One of the greatest things you can do for your friends and family is pray for them. Here are 4 ways in which we can pray for our family and friends:
Pray for an opportunity to talk about Jesus (Colossians 4:3). Ask God to give you an opportunity to tell others about Christ and to invite them to church.
Pray for God to prepare hearts. Anytime you see someone going through a storm in life, you can know God is softening a heart. God never wastes a storm.
Pray that God would burden your heart. Ask God to make your heart tender towards a specific person.
Pray that God’s Word will take root. Pray that God’s truth will begin to grow in people’s lives and hearts.
It is important to know that God loves your family more than you do. He is a good God. We need to remember to pray these things in faith. Faith energizes us; it allows us to be close to God continuously. We have to remember to be patient and allow God to work. Change could happen tomorrow or it could take twenty years but we need to allow God to work.
Take time to go over the 4 ways to pray for friends and family. Remember to pray with a humble heart. Pray that God would move today in the lives of your friends and family.