Friday, August 20, 2010
1. Prays for you.
Plenty of people throw around the phrase, "I'm praying for you," but isn't it thrilling to know someone who actually will pray for you when she says she will? Keep a list of prayer requests in your Bible or somewhere else you won't lose it. Every time you commit to praying for a friend, write it down on that list so you won't forget. Next time you see that person, ask her how the situation is doing, so she'll know you really have prayed for her.
We all have our ideas of what we look for in a friend, but these three qualities stick out to me as the most important. In fact, Jesus prays for us, is extremely concerned for our spiritual welfare, and sympathized with his disciples and believers on numerous occasions as recorded in the gospels. Proverbs 18:24 reads, "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." If you want a friend, be a friend! You can be an encouragement to many people just by implementing simple habits like praying for them, strengthening them spiritually, and showing sympathy.