It has been a while since I’ve published any new prayer guides, but several of my friends have been heavy on my heart lately, so I thought this free printable on Praying for Your Friends might be in order. I hope it will encourage you to faithfully pray for yours.
As with all my other prayer guides, these petitions are well-grounded in the Word of God. Click on any of the linked Scripture references below to read the related verses for yourself.
Praying for Your Friends
F is for FAITH:
God, help my friends trust in You completely to supply every need, to direct every step, and — above all — to forgive their sins and give them eternal life.
Hebrews 11:6; Philippians 4:19; Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16
R is for RELATIONSHIPS:
Teach my friends to love You and love others, LORD. Nurture their relationships with family, neighbors, and coworkers. Help them put others’ interests ahead of their own.
Mark 12:30-31; 1 Peter 3:8; Philippians 2:2-3
I is for IDENTITY:
O God, help my friends find their identity in Christ alone. Shut their ears to Satan’s lies. May they recognize & appreciate the unique abilities You’ve given them & use those gifts for Your glory.
John 17:3; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Peter 4:10-11
E is for EMPLOYMENT:
Establish the work of my friends’ hands, LORD. Bless the fruit of their labor. May they be diligent, cheerful, and skilled at doing all the good works You call them to do.
Psalm 90:17; Psalm 128:1-2; Colossians 3:23; Ephesians 2:10
N is for NEEDS:
You know my friends better than they know themselves, LORD, and are sufficient to provide not only for their physical needs, but for emotional and spiritual needs, as well. Please do so.
Psalm 139:1-6; Psalm 145:19; Luke 12:22-31
D is for DISCERNMENT:
God, give my friends an extra measure of wisdom & discernment. Root them deeply in the truth of Your Word and don’t let them fall prey to false doctrines.
Proverbs 2:5-7; James 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Ephesians 4:14-15
S is for STRENGTH:
LORD, help my friends stand firm in the full armor of God. Keep them healthy. Give them rest when they are weary, renew their minds, embolden their spirits, and multiply their strength.
Ephesians 6:13-17; James 5:14-15; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 26:3, 2 Timothy 1:7; Isaiah 40:31
The Bible tells us, ““A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) Let’s commit to being the kind of faithful, loving friend who continually brings our companions before the Throne of Grace in prayer and encourages them with the truth of God’s Word when they are down.
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