Friend in trouble
Trials and challenges test the depth of our faith and reveal our true character. Will we crack under pressure and leave the God we love? Or will we gain a “crown of life” when we remain steadfast under trials and stay faithful to Him? Let us pray for a friend who is in trouble with these in mind.
James 1:12 ESV Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray for my friend (insert name) and thank you that You are always in control of all circumstances. We cannot see the outcome but You tell us not to fear, because You are always with us, and even foresaw this day even before we were born.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
So we place our confidence in Jesus Christ who said He will carry our burdens with us. Help us to learn from Jesus’ example, by continuing to be humble, gracious and wise, practising self-control at all times.
Matthew 11:29 ESV Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Whatever schemes the enemy has planted to steal our peace, joy and hope in Jesus Christ, we rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus Christ and declare that no scheme of the enemy will prevail. Only the Lord’s plans and purposes will be fulfilled. We will not be overcome by the wickedness of this world.
Proverbs 16:4 ESV The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that Your angels guard all of my friend’s (insert name) thoughts, actions and words. May Your wisdom and power fill him/her!
Please give my friend (insert name) the strength, peace and community to uplift him/her in this time of trouble. May he/she be comforted by the Holy Spirit and remember that Your goodness never fails. Thank you for being the God of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Thank you, Father, that all things can be turned into testimonies of Your power and love when we put our faith entirely in You. We will wait for You to deliver us in the way that glorifies You the most. Thank you for this opportunity to honour You.
Psalm 50:14-15 ESV Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
We praise You for today and the days ahead, because You made them all.
In Jesus name, amen!”
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