Spiritual Practice


Erin Kelly

Because I am human, I tend to make a lot of mistakes. Unfortunately, many of these mistakes happen in my relationships with friends. A while ago, I hurt one of my best friends; and the scary part was that I didn’t know how deeply I had hurt her. I didn’t find out until over a year later when we finally sat down to talk about it. After our meeting, I knew something had to change; but I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed to rely on God to manage my relationships. So I began to pray.

Every time I saw one of my friends, I prayed that God would guide me to love that friend well, that my words and actions would be life-giving. First Thessalonians 5:17 (CEV) tells us to “never stop praying,” so I began to pray for my friends throughout each day.

I never stop being grateful for you, as I mention you in my prayers.
Ephesians 1:16 (CEV)

Did anything come of it? Yes, my relationships with both the friend I had hurt and my other friends improved because of prayer. Our relationships became filled with more joy, more hope, and so much more love.


TRY IT: As you go through your day, pray for your friends, that you will be able to love them well.

—from devozine (July/August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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