Women's Prayer Team - Week #26
A couple years ago I had a really bad habit of cussing. I would be in Church on Sunday teaching kids, and the next day I would have the mouth of a sailor. A very close friend of mine confronted me and told me I was not being a good witness of the gospel. We had a very encouraging conversation and I was so glad she confronted me and called me out. She called me out because she loved me and wanted me to be an effective tool for the Kingdom. I knew that I couldn't just stop cussing overnight so I asked if she would hold me accountable. I am so glad I have friends in my life that will call me out when I am choosing my sin over Jesus. I believe it is crucial that we all find friends like this.
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."
Prayer Tip # 24 – Hold your friends accountable.
I wouldn't say I was thrilled at first when my friend confronted me. I didn't want to think I was doing something wrong and living in sin. The way she approached me about it changed everything. She was encouraging and reminded me that she loved me and wanted me to pursue Jesus righteously. She never told me that she thought she was better than me or anything silly like that. I knew that her calling me out came from a place of love.
If you have a friend or family member that has been living in sin, you can confront them from a place of love. Not because you want to see them in trouble, but because you want them to live their lives for Christ. I have made such great friends here at Mid-Way that challenge and encourage me constantly. I believe the best friendships involve hard conversations. We cannot grow if we are always comfortable.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
When I think of iron literally sharpening iron I think of a blacksmith striking the two irons together which causes friction and sparks. I think the imagery here in Proverbs proves that sharpening one another isn't always the easiest thing to do, but its crucial. We must be persistent in building each other up. A Christ-like friend does not stray away from constructive conversations when the Lord leads.
Prayer Points: Please pray over these requests:
· Lord, Bring friends into my life that will hold me accountable.
· Help me to have hard conversations with my friends when You are prompting me to.
· Lord, Let my words be Yours.
· Thank you for forgiving me when I fall short.
Thank You for loving me even when I am disobedient. I am undeserving of Your grace and mercy. Lord, help me to take constructive conversations with a joyful heart. Help me to be a friend like You. Let my words be encouraging and come from a place of love. Thank You for your living Word that instructs me daily. Thank You for the work done on the Cross, so that I may live freely.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
For His Glory,