The Release of The SPIRIT
Mentors and Closest Friends
Pray for Your Inner Circle
There are some people in our lives who are not relatives, but we feel a special spiritual connection with them and pray more often for them. Jesus also had levels of relationships: John, then the three (Peter, James, and John), the twelve disciples, the seventy, the “larger group of disciples,” and finally the multitudes.
These relationships nourish and resource us in life-giving ways. They are the people who serve as spiritual advisors and encouragers, personal friends and confidants. They are people who are gifts from God and whose friendship and influence in our lives we cherish.
I am amazed at how many times Paul begins his letters in the New Testament with statements like “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Romans 1:8), or even to the Corinthians who caused him so many headaches, “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:4). Let us not only ask God to meet the needs of these important people in our lives, but let us continually thank Him for the gifts that they are to our lives.
Pray the Scriptures:
In addition to a spouse, these friends can be close prayer partners for you. End a conversation with a close friend today by asking how you can pray for that person in the days ahead. And if the Spirit prompts you as you pray, write a note or pick up the phone and tell your friend so.
I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)”