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
     Dear Lord Jesus, your intercession for us is one of our most prized gifts; and it’s because of your great care and love for us that we 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. Where else can we go but to you, O welcoming and grace-full Savior? Hear our prayers for those we love.
     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 loving presence clearly felt. We can sustain almost anything, as long as we are aware of your hand and heart.
     We pray for friends with financial and career challenges. You don’t promise us abundance or surplus, Jesus, but you do promise to meet all our needs. By the power of your resurrection and for your 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.
     To your throne of grace, we also bring friends who are closer to mental and emotional bankruptcy than financial collapse. Sustain stress and pressure, chronic suffering and fear can deplete resources of any of us. Give us wisdom in caring for these friends, Lord Jesus
     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, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
     We ask the same for families, friendships, and local churches under the siege of broken relationship and battered trust. Do far beyond what we can ask or imagine, for the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love. Help us, Lord Jesus, for your glory and fame. So very Amen we pray, in your peerless and powerful name.
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Scotty Smith


Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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