Today, as we pray for our children, our prayer focus is: FRIENDSHIP

School provides one of the first opportunities we have for close friendships. Many of us still love the sweet friends we made in school! (Even decades later) Now, it’s time for our children to build close friendships. As we pray for our children today, it might help us to remember what a true friend looks like.

A good friend is someone who:

  • Knows your faults, but loves you anyway
  • Picks you up when you’re feeling down
  • Listens when you need to vent
  • Tells you the truth, instead of what you want to hear
  • Tries to complete, instead of compete

This school year is a wonderful opportunity for your child to make good friends and to learn how to become one.

As we pray today, let’s divide friendship into 3 parts. Let’s ask the Lord to:

Send good friends to walk beside our child.
There’s no greater blessing than having a true friend in your corner. God designed us to be relational beings. Or to put it another way, life is meant to be shared. Healthy friendships add strength, stability and fun to our lives. Let’s pray that God will bless our children this year with special friends.

Protect our child from unhealthy friendships.
We are the average of the people we spend the most time with. That’s because the character traits of others seem to rub off on us. The Bible warns us that: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33) Let’s pray for our children to choose their friends wisely. Let’s ask the Lord to protect our children from friends who will lead them astray.

Teach our child how to be a good friend.
Like gardens, good friendships must be cultivated. When we love our friends well, God is glorified. But being a good friend takes a lot of learning, practice and prayer. Let’s ask the Lord to help our children become the best friends they can be. Let’s pray for our children to practice these 7 aspects of good friendship: kindness, trust, forgiveness, respect, appreciation, support and love. (click here for more on friendship)

Here are some verses to encourage you as you pray today:

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecc. 4:9-10 NLT

“A man who has friends must be a friend . . .” Prov. 18:24 NLV

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 NIV

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the blessing of friendship. Please teach our children how to be a good friend. Protect them from harmful relationships and from falling into the wrong crowd. Please bless our children this year with loving, loyal and lifelong friends. Thank you for hearing our prayer. Amen.

Have a great day!

Download this FREE prayer journal and pray along with us! (email to request it at hello@maypatterson.comKeep it until the end of the school year to see how God answers—you may be surprised.