“How should I pray for my friends?” That is a question I often wrestle with from day-to-day. For those friends that are battling illness-should I pray for their healing? What if it is God’s will to bring them home rather than to heal? How should I pray for kids who are being rebellious? Should I simply pray that they will be compliant? How should I pray for married friends whose marriages are full of turmoil? Should I simply pray that the tension in their marriage will be replaced with peace? How should I pray for friends who are out of work? Is it enough to pray that they find a job?
I believe God has shown me something significant this morning. I should pray that all my friends, regardless of their situation in life, would know Him better. If we would passionately seek to know Him, more and more, then we would be able to deal with the difficulties of life with hope in Him, trusting in Him.
Paul said that he was praying for God to give his friends, “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,” not for the purpose of knowing how to handle life, but so they might know God better. Apart from the Spirit working in my life I will never yearn to know God the way He wants me to know Him. My greatest need in life is not to be free from worry, but to know Him better.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would take my eyes off of my surroundings, and the situations I have to face in daily life, and fix them on You.