Friday, June 8, 2012

Week of Prayer // Day Five: Iron Sharpens Iron

Today I will be praying for the friends God has placed in our lives. I believe it is important to pray for friends and others outside of the family because it is an act of Love and because God put us in community for a purpose. Sometimes we need other people – and we need those people to be strong in Faith for us. 

Types of Prayer
Intercession is any type of prayer offered on behalf of someone else’s needs. It is going to battle for them. Interceding can include making petitions for them, using our authority on their behalf, standing in faith for something they are believing for…or any other type of prayer with a desire to see God working in their lives.

Prayer Focus
Many of the topics and verses used in the Day Four Prayer Focus are applicable to friends. Here are a couple others:

I thank You, Lord, for people in our lives that sharpen us and strengthen our faith. May we do the same for them…
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

May our relationships with others be open and honest, ready to admit where there is wrong, and praying for each other to have victory in our lives…
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16

Protect us and our friends from those who seek to do us harm, from those relationships that only tear us down…
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
Psalm 64:2-3

Lord, may each of our friends understand the calling you have on their lives. May they walk according to Your purpose and will…
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:11-12