This post is part of a prayer challenge, 21 Days of Prayers For Your Friends. If you would like more information about the full challenge with daily email prayer guides, I invite you to find it here.
Every single day, Christians face a choice:
Am I going to live for myself today, or for my Savior?
Some days, things run smoothly and life is easy (or at least easier than usual) and obedience comes quick.
But other days…
well, in the words of my pastor, “Some days I wake up, and as soon as I open my eyes, I feel like Satan is sitting on my face.”
Have you ever had a day like that?
Yeah, me too.
I just bet your friend has, as well.
Will you join me in praying the Scriptures for your friend to have a heart surrendered to the Lord? (And maybe pray the same thing for yourself. I know I will.)
Prayers That Your Friend Would Live Surrendered to God
Acknowledge to God that your friend (like all of mankind) is unable to discern the errors of her own heart. Ask Him to reveal secret faults that she cannot see, and to convict her of sins sins she has committed intentionally. Pray that she would be free from the dominion of sinful strongholds in her life, becoming blameless and innocent. Ask God that the words of her mouth and even the very meditations of her heart would be acceptable in the sight of her Rock and Redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14)
Thank God for a godly grief that produces repentance leading to salvation. Pray that your friend would walk in repentance, and that she would see the fruits of it in her life: “For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!” (2 Corinthians 7:9-11)
Ask God to enable your friend to present her body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is a reasonable act of worship (Romans 12:1). Beg Him to teach her what this means and enable to follow through in the nitty-gritty of everyday life.
Pray for God’s daily grace on your friend, allowing her to deny herself, take up her cross, and follow Jesus. Acknowledge to Him that whoever wants to save her life at all costs will lose it, but whoever loses her life for Jesus’ sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24). Ask the Lord to help her withhold nothing – including her very life – from Him. Pray that she would echo Jesus’ own prayer before His crucifixion: “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:34-35). Ask Him to show her what aspects of God’s will she has been resisting, what “cup” she’s been refusing.
Acknowledge to the Lord that all of her material and non-material blessings are gifts meant to be stewarded well, with the intention of multiplying them for the Master. Ask that the Lord would mold your friend into a faithful servant, and not a worthless one (Matthew 25:14-30).
Dear Heavenly Father, Creator of the heavens and the earth, the skies and the seas, and everything in them, You are worthy of all glory, honor, dominion, and strength. You have every right to call the shots in my life and my friend’s, as well as the rest of the world. I thank You for the peace that comes with accepting that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men. I know unequivocally that I can trust Your infinite goodness, wisdom, and holiness, and I pray that my friend would have the same assurance. Please help her to hold her blessings with open hands, not hoarding them for herself, but willing to give them back, to share them, or to use them on behalf of Your glory, as You so lead. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for the rest of the prayer challenge! It will be a source of blessing in your life (and your friend’s life) as you continue to pray the Scriptures over her.