October 30, 2015
In case you haven’t noticed, in October I have been talking about taking your friends to the mountain of God. That involves the gift of mercy. Because none of us are perfect, we are asked to stay in an attitude of love toward others. We have friends who have stood by us in the hard times, and we appreciate them. When they have troubles, we need to be strong for them and lift them up before the Throne of Grace. All of us should be interceding for our friends. It’s really not hard. We treat them the way we would like to be treated ourselves.
Our very best friend is JESUS. He never fails us! Exposed are the wonderful things He is doing for our friends. We see the results of our prayers. And, I love the way He prompts us when our friends need help. When our attitudes need to be adjusted, we see benefits, and our hearts migrate back to mirror God’s loving heart.
During the course of friendships, sin is uncovered. The Word says that “Love covers over a multitude of sins.” As we speak the truth of the Word in love, pray, and uplift, we won’t give up on others. What a blessing it is to have a praying friend that can go with us straight to the Master! As change comes, it cements our belief in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives and the lives of our friends.
Job’s friends left him down, but in the end He prayed for them and God was pleased. Sometimes we are misunderstood and need the fortitude from God to be able wait and to let Him do the persuading. In the Old Testament, the priests stood in the gap and prayed for the people. We too will stand in the gap for our friends when we see they need God’s intervention. Believe that your prayers will touch the heart of God!
As you go up to the high places in God today, focus on His goodness. Apply the blood of Jesus to those things in your friends’ lives that need to be changed. As you pray, ask for the heart of God, the compassion of Jesus, and the working of the Holy Spirit in all that concerns you.
Mission: “Helping Others Answer God's Call”