Prayer For Friends

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I’ve had an interesting weekend. It was definitely more spiritual then my usual weekends of work, sleep, work some more and sleep until Monday until I start the same routine again. My weekend was full of prayer.

I’ve been praying for a few things in particular, but while in conversation with a friend of mine, I thought about prayer and love. I mean, can you pray for love? I know that you can pray for relationships with people; friends, family and the like, but can you pray for love? I think I have come to the conclusion that you can’t. That became apparent when I prayed for the better part of a decade for my first love to want to be with me forever. Seeing as how I am a single gal, praying for someone to fall in love with you clearly doesn’t work. God already has someone in mind for you, and no matter how much you pray, that isn’t going to change.

Now for the reason that prompted my religious epiphany. See, there’s this guy. And while we’ve played this game of cat and mouse for a while now, we have yet to connect and become a couple. I’ve lived the single life for a while, and very rarely do I come across someone that I actually want to invest my time in, but this guy…this wonderful, amazing human, yeah I could be a couple with him. He’s this amazing guy, who loves life, and everything he does has life in it. He’s basically changed my mind about everything negative that I ever thought about men, and that makes him special. The kind of special that you don’t want to get rid of and want to hold on to for as long as you possible can. Having realized early that you can’t pray for God to change someone’s feelings, I’ve been praying for friendship. Because at the end of the day, above everything, that’s what we have, friendship. Even if nothing ever happens with us romantically I still want us to have that. So that if ever something does happen between us, friendship will be the foundation and those kinds of relationships last the longest. Praying for friendship is important, GOD answers prayers for friendships and I know that from experience.

I’ve had friendships to breakup before. And somehow, that pain is worse than a breakup with a guy. I mean you share things with your female friends that you would NEVER tell you guy. You tell your friends things about him that you would never want him to know. I had a friendship of mine to fall apart and I was devastated. She was my best friend in the whole world, more like a sister and things changed overnight, and so did our friendship. We were best friends forever, and forever was over. I was so confused and the tears never seemed to stop. People knew that we were best friends and having to tell everyone we weren’t friends anymore was the hardest part of all.  I was hurt and angry for a long time but when I got over being angry, I didn’t know what else to do but pray. Instead of being mad, I prayed. Instead of being hurt, I prayed. And even with tears, I prayed. Eventually, things changed. After time went by, we became friends again. She became a part of my family again. And I firmly believe that my prayers for my friendships had a lot to do with it. It is that life experience that had taught me to pray for my relationships with friends and family.

Now I don’t feel like you can pray for someone’s feelings to change. A person’s will is much stronger than that. What’s meant to be will happen and there is nothing you can do about it. I think that you need to have a strong support system though, and God doesn’t want you to ever feel alone. Prayer is important anyway, so why not pray for people that are important to you? You can pray for healing for everything else, why shouldn’t you be able to pray for healing for a relationship between two or more people? I think that if you pray with your heart and really mean everything you are saying, your prayers get heard. Especially if it something that you really care about. And if it’s a person you care about, well, I’m betting that’s even better. A selfless act.

I’m not exactly the most religious person on the planet, however, I’ve always prayed. It’s your own private conversation with GOD. I’m just saying that prayer is important. A lesson I’ve learned more and more over the past year or so. And even though you don’t feel like there’s anything happening, there is. He’s always up to something.

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