With friends like that, who needs enemies?
That was my thought as I watched a video of a teenage girl being pushed off a bridge to tumble about 60 feet to the water below. Moulton Falls is a popular place where people often go to jump, ignoring the “No Jumping” signs. The young lady was quoted as saying her “friend pushed her” after she changed her mind about jumping. In an incident that could have left Jordan Holgerson paralyzed or dead, she escaped with only broken ribs, a punctured lung, and other internal and external injuries. The “friend” has been charged. That’s probably not the type of friend any of us would want behind us in a time of fear and uncertainty.
It reminds me of how important it is to pray about everything, even those individuals we call friends. This is a lesson we typically reserve for young people who have limited experience with different types of people. However, I believe we can all benefit from acknowledging God as we develop and maintain relationships. We shouldn’t just depend on what we think, but instead invite God to be involved in our friendships.
Not only should friends talk and do fun things together, but they should also be able to pray together.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” -Matthew 18:19 (NIV)
Isn’t it great to know that you and another person can agree on something in prayer and God will do it? Pastor Chris Erwin says that “Agreement is aligning your heart with God’s heart.” So, when two of you line up with what God wants and pray that way, you can expect it to be done. Pastor Erwin thinks that praying in agreement with someone means, “I refuse to let the devil defeat you” and “I believe you got my back.” Those are powerful statements.
They also represent some of the great things about small groups. These groups provide an opportunity to get to know others and foster friendships. The time spent together gives each of you a chance to be there for another. I met a lady recently who has been in a prayer group with other ladies for over thirty years. Imagine the life changes that they have walked through together. Consider yourself blessed if you have such friendships. If you don’t, this is the perfect time to pursue one. A new season of small groups is starting very soon.
Choose a group to attend, pray for the people you’ll meet and the relationships that will form, and watch what God does over the next several weeks.
You don’t have to be a member of Church of the Highlands to join one a Highlands small group. The Directory opens Sunday, August 25th. Go online and find a group near you. Reach out to the leader and go check it out. The hardest part is ringing the doorbell but after that you will be greeted by an amazing small group leader who will pray with you and for you.
21 DAYS OF PRAYER IS FOR YOU
If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. Whether you join us in person or online, we would love for you to be part of 21 Days of Prayer.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational author and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of four young adults. To read more about her, click here.
Cancer diagnosis. Company downsizing. Financial challenges. These are just a few of the storms that Cassandra, alongside her husband, found herself in.
What do you do when you’ve cried out to God, and the only response you can seem to get is silence? What do you do when life throws its worst punches at you? The answer is simple:You Rise Up!