For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 1:7

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccles. 4:9-12

Heavenly Father, I cannot imagine how storms can be navigated, burdens borne, and hardships handled without the company of a few good friends. I praise you today for the gift of friendship—for the joy, encouragement, and refreshment you give me through my friends.

When we walk through difficult and draining seasons, we’re inclined to think, “No one can possibly understand what I’m going through. Nobody can relate to my feelings and confusion. Everyone would handle this mess much better than I am.”

Those are the times when it’s easy to withdraw into isolation, fall into the pit of condemnation, and reach for some ill-chosen medication. That’s when the gift of long-standing, all-weather, burden-bearing friends becomes especially precious.

Father, I praise you for the gift of hearing my friends say these two words: “Me too.” I praise you for friends who know how to “refresh the hearts of the saints”—including this saint. I praise you for friends who remind me of the truth and power of the gospel, of the love of Jesus, and of the bigger story you are always writing.

I praise you for friends who share their lives and not just their gospel. I praise you for friends who offer tears and not just their answers. I praise you for friends who give life-giving wisdom and not just mess-fixing formulas.

Father, my all-weather friends turn my heart heavenward. They simply remind me that the foundation and fountain of all good friendship is found in the gospel. It’s overwhelming, settling, and centering to hear Jesus say to us, “I no longer call you servants… I call you friends” (John 15:15). Indeed, Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24).

What wondrous love is this, indeed? “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Hallelujah, what a salvation! Hallelujah, what a Savior! So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ most glorious and gracious name.

 

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5 thoughts on “A Prayer of Thanks for the Gift of Good Friends”

  1. Christine says:

    I love this “A Prayer of Thanks for the Gift of Good Friends
    A Prayer of Thanks for the Gift of Good Friends”.

    After I thought about what it says…I have come to the point how often do we thank your good friends who helped us get threw our storms. I know for my self I wouldn’t have made it out if it were not for my Friend. How many times do we thank our Pastor’s for his sermons he works on and then stands in front of us each sunday morning. I don’t know if my pastor will have time to read this but thank you Pastor D. For your sermons that go out to us each day and helps us out of our storms. So thank you

  2. Mary says:

    Absolutely true! Thank God. Good friends are priceless and worth more than gold

  3. Chadley says:

    I have a friend and partner in ministry who has been this kind of friend to me for years now–I am thankful for the friendship we have that finds root in the Gospel. Many friendships of mine have been based on hobbies, and those have come and gone–but the friend who calls me “brother” has always been there for me, even when I haven’t for him.

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