FRIENDSHIP ISN’T ABOUT WHO YOU’VE KNOWN THE LONGEST. IT’S ABOUT WHO WALKED INTO YOUR LIFE AND SAID “I’M HERE FOR YOU” AND PROVED IT.  —UNKNOWN

The Bible gives many clear scriptures about the importance of community and friendship. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus expresses the power we have when two or three of us pray in His name. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (KJV)  We can be successful alone, but God’s Word gives us encouragement to join as friends and realize the power we have when we pray in His name together.

Recently my mother went to be with Jesus. As I sat with my dad and brother feeling helpless to make decisions regarding all of the next steps, I received numerous calls and texts from friends letting me know they were praying for me and for all the plans we had to finalize. During those moments, I had great comfort in knowing my friends were actually praying. I was praying too, but knowing others were lifting me up in prayer, strengthened my faith and comforted me.

Friendship is most meaningful when it is lived intentionally. When a friend asks for prayer, really pray. Your friend may be at rock-bottom and needs you to support her for a few minutes in prayer. If a friend needs to talk, really listen. If a friend wants company, spend quality time. Intentional friendships have deep roots, and they go both ways, each of you giving and receiving. Be the type of friend you wish you had!

In rough times, God knows how much more we would need each other. That is one of the reasons He places friends in our lives. Cling to your friends, develop your friendships, love on your friends. Be the kind of friend who is loyal at all times, especially when your friend is crying, “I need help!” As friends, we need to remember each other’s importance and love each other through acts of kindness.

Be intentional with friendships. Love each other heart to heart.

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