[Pro 12:26 NLT] 26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
[Pro 18:24 NLT] 24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
[Jhn 15:13-15 NLT] 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
“Here we are, you and I, and I hope that Christ makes a third with us. No one can interrupt us now… So come now, dearest friend, reveal your heart and speak your mind.” (p. 29)”
― Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship
LORD of love, eternal fellowship of the Triune Creator and Redeemer, now help us grow in understanding our friendship with YOU Immanuel Jesus and with each other.
Help me not be a friend that leads others astray or destroys those i call friends, because of pride, selfishness, or self-righteousness.
Holy Spirit now come and allow me to be a spiritual friend that brings wisdom and loyalty to my friends even as YOU give me wisdom and are always loyal to me.
Even as nothing can separate me from YOUR love allow YOUR love to so overflow through me that nothing can separate those YOU have called me to be friends with from my love, compassion, care, and support.
Help me be a friend to others even as YOU are a friend to me, my King Jesus.
Allow us to learn to encourage and build up each other so that we may become by interaction with each other more and more like YOU LORD.
Grant that I will keep the unity of the SPIRIT in the bond of PEACE.
Eternal LOVE, Allow Christian wives and Christian husbands be above all else intimate spiritual friends with each other and grant that this be the foundation of their lives in marriage.
Marriage ends at death of one of the spouses but spiritual friendship is forever.
Triune LORD, Allow the overflow of YOUR divine LOVE in marriages and homes that claim YOUR name and elevate our love for each other to how YOU LOVE us and LOVE each other within the oneness of the Trinity.
Holy Spirit, Bring these spiritual realities to become incarnated in practical ways in our relationships that in us all people might see YOU.
LORD Jesus, Teach us to live the gospel so that people may believe the gospel!
LORD revive, renew, and restore our faith!
Capture the tears of the mourning, heal the hearts broken by loss, and carry those who are on the verge of collapse.
Caring Savior, Show YOUR strength at our weakest moments!
YOUR will be done and kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
Truth be told