A Prayer for Friends Weighed Down with Various Burdens
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you. (1 Sam. 12:23) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)
Dear Lord Jesus, your steadfast intercession is one of the greatest treasures we have. Knowing you’re constantly advocating and praying for us, not only keeps us sane, it also motivates us to bring our friends before you today—friends who are weighed down with various burdens and cares. There are enough stories of stress and struggles, all around us, to keep us on our knees for a long time. Where else can we go but to you? Hear our prayers for those we love.
Lord Jesus, we pray for friends dealing with health issues. All along the continuum of common colds to uncommon cancers, we ask you to bring your mercy and healing. Whether by the special grace of divine intervention or the common grace of good medicine and health care, it makes no difference. Mete out sufficient grace in each situation. Bring great glory to yourself. Make your presence clearly felt, even if your ways cannot be easily discerned. Oh, for the Day, of no more cancer or cares…
We pray for friends struggling financially and vocationally. You don’t promise us abundance or surplus, Jesus, but you do promise to meet all our needs. Some of our friends are closer to mental and emotional bankruptcy than financial collapse; grant them the currency of heaven sufficient for the crisis at hand. By the power of your resurrection and for your great name’s sake, open doors that seem locked and bolted. From your storehouse of everlasting goodness, bring forth the right provision at the right time. It’s most likely you will use us as a part of the answer to our prayers. May we be generous and gracious in serving our friends.
We pray for friends who are burdened relationally. Marriage will always be a center of unrelenting spiritual warfare, for this relationship is meant to tell the story of your great love for your bride. Pour out your Spirit, Jesus. Humble the proud and bring hope to the despairing. Defuse the anger and clarify the issues. Supply the right counsel, and grant ample supplies of forbearance and forgiveness.
We ask the same for whole families, longstanding friendships, and local churches, under the siege of broken relationships and battered trust. Pour out your Spirit in abundance. Bring the humbling and gladdening power of the gospel to bear in full force. For your glory and fame, Lord Jesus, write stories of reconciliation and restoration that will make the gospel beautiful and believable in our communities. So very Amen we pray, in your peerless and priceless name.