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FRENEMIES?

Katie Herath, 21

Think of someone who used to be your friend, who meant a great deal to you until you disagreed or quarreled; and suddenly, you weren’t friends anymore. You might even consider yourselves enemies. Maybe you haven’t spoken in days, weeks, months, or even years. Somehow you still have pent-up anger or sorrow when you think of this person who once was your friend.

I have a challenge for you: Pray for that person. You don’t have to pray about anything specific; simply hold the person in prayer. Even if you don’t hope to repair the relationship, pray for him or her. Perhaps, deep down, you miss your friend. Ask God to restore the friendship. Maybe your reconciliation will happen tomorrow. Maybe it will happen ten years from now. Pray.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone.
Mark 11:25a (NRSV)

I did exactly what I am asking you do to. I prayed for someone who used to be close to me, but now our relationship is broken. These prayers were difficult; but afterward, I felt a release from my anxiety over the situation. I prayed that God would provide my friend with a happy and healthy life. I also asked, if God were to repair our friendship, that my heart would be open to reconciliation.

 

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE: Pray for someone who used to be a friend. See what God can do in both of your lives.

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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