The importance of godly friendships

There will come a time in your life when you will need someone to pray for you. There are times in our lives when we cannot pray for ourselves. Times when we cannot even open our mouths to utter the words in prayer, or our heart is not connected to the prayers we are praying. It is in these times when godly relationships are very important. We need to have people around us that we can confide in about the problems we are facing. It is important to have someone we can be honest with, and be able to let them know the areas in which we are struggling. It may be in finances, marriages, academics or in our minds. Whatever the problem (s) may be, it’s okay to say I feel lost, please pray for me. God made us as people that should rely on one another. Division was never His plan. He wants us to hold together and be unified. So, when we face difficult times or situations, we need the help of our brethren to carry us when we cannot carry ourselves.

Jesus, being our example, prays for us. In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus says “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” I believe that the prayer Jesus prayed for Peter helped him when he went through the darkness of the realization that he had denied Jesus. Jesus knows that as humans we are weak and there will be times when we need to strengthen each other. That’s why the bible tells us, “do not forsake the gatherings of the saints.” Hebrew 10:25.

Recently, I have been feeling distracted and finding it difficult to focus on the important things of life. Reading my bible has been a struggle for me. If you know me, you will know I enjoy reading and studying the Word of God. However, lately when I read or pray my mind is not in it. I feel a disconnect in my spirit. I knew what I had to do (pray earnestly) but did not have the desire or the courage to do so. Losing one of my beloved aunts, along with other life challenges, really took a toll on me mentally. It’s been going on for a couple of weeks now and I have been trying to persevere. Thank God for His mercy and grace that has always kept me.

Knowing I couldn’t beat this alone, I reached out to my sisters in the faith and asked them to pray for me. I told them exactly what was going on so they will know how to direct their prayers. Without hesitation, they started praying. As they were praying, my spirit was being lifted. I started to repeat the prayers they were praying. It was like God was telling them the exact words I needed to hear. Everything I was feeling, even the feelings I did not tell them about, they prayed about those feelings. They prayed, I prayed, got on the prayer line and prayed some more. By the time all was said and done, my spirit was set on fire and I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I felt the desire to read and study again. I even wrote this blog that very day.

So, I say to you, please surround yourself with people that can build up your faith. Sometimes we don’t want people to know what we are going through because we are afraid of what they may think. However, there will come a time when you won’t care about what people think. All you will care about is seeking God’s face anyway you know how. Everybody goes through difficult times and it is a strategy of the devil to make us isolate ourselves from godly influence. His plan is that we will separate ourselves from other brethren in the faith. We cannot allow that to happen. We need each other! We need to encourage and lift each other up! Let us not allow pride or fear keep us separated from the body of Christ especially in times of trials.

We desperately need to surround ourselves with godly friendships. If you don’t already have these friendships, ask God to bring them into your life. Ask Him to surround you with godly friendships and to remove friendships that are not helping build you up.

Until next time, keep the faith and remember Jesus loves you!

Your sister in Christ,

Nuku K.Nwajei

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