Day 18: Godly Friendships
Lord, we know that it is good and pleasant to You when we strive to be at peace with those around us. Please help these children to do their part in establishing solid relationships with others. Psalm 133:1 In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Friends are an important part of growing up. We want our children to be well-liked and accepted. But as Christian parents we want most of all for our children to have Jesus as their Best Friend. Friends will come and go, but Christ alone remains forever. Sometimes it takes a rough patch with their peers for them to truly see Jesus as the best friend of all. When those rough patches come, be prepared to point them to Jesus as the Friend who will never leave them nor forsake them.
I often pray aloud over my children this prayer. And in addition, my children hear me pray that God would send them friends who would build them up, not tear them down. And I pray, “Most importantly, may my children be a good friend.” They need to know that it is more important for them to be a good friend than for them to have good friends.
Friends are very important, and they grow more and more important as our children grow older. Pray now for the right friendships for your children and that your children would be a leader in what is true, good, and right. If there are siblings in your family, pray for a divine connection between them. What a blessing to have close friends among your family!
Lastly, get to know your children’s friends. Pray for them, too. If your children’s friends are walking in truth and growing in grace, it will be much easier for your children to do the same.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.