5. A Prayer for A Friend Whose Dream Has Been Delayed or Lost
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Thank You that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. You give each of us abilities and talents, and call us to use them. But sometimes we make plans that, for whatever reason, don't work out as we'd like.
Right now I lift up my friend whose closely-held dream seems to be put on hold. It says in Scripture that Your Ways are higher than ours, and that we must not lean on our own understanding. So in this time of disappointment, help my friend to turn to You as his confidant and comforter.
I pray that he would receive an extra measure of Your grace to let go of his dream for the moment. May he not rush into the next idea or project, Lord, but take the time to seek Your vision for his life. Grow his desire to bring You glory through his gifts, and grant him patience as he waits for Your timing to do that. In moments when he feels lost, give him clarity of mind through Your Word and through prayer. Provide supportive friends and wise counselors to guard his steps.
Father, I give praise that You have good plans and purposes for us. Let this be a chance for my friend to renew his commitment to serve You in the way You desire. For, out of that will come true success, satisfaction, and joy for him.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 37:5, Psalm 37:7
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him...Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…
It can be hard to know what to say to a friend who is mourning a loss. We want to bless them and not burden them during such a period. I've been grateful for the examples in Scripture of intercessory prayers from Godly people. Like King David, the Apostle Paul, and many others, we can reach out to others by reaching up, asking God to provide His healing touch.
Over the years, I've discovered some hints for effective prayer with someone:
Let Scripture guide what you say, claiming God's truths and promises.
Invite them to pray out loud in their own words so they can engage in the process.
Don't be afraid of silence—a moment of reflection can yield important insights.
Follow-up with them, making sure they know you care and want to stay connected.
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