This week I spent a precious day with three friends who are fellow vicars. Over the past few years we have met to read the Bible, share and listen to God together on each other’s behalf. It has been a tremendous encouragement, and I hope that we will carry on meeting for many years. I’ve also been reading the story of David in 1 Samuel and have been struck by what a crucial role Jonathan played in David’s life – defending and protecting him from Saul, and visiting him when David was in exile. He truly was a friend closer than a brother. Jonathan had a significant impact, not only on David’s life, but on the future of Israel (without him David wouldn’t have become King), and indeed salvation history, as Jesus was descended from David. Friends are gifts from God. Friendships where we can pray and share deeply with each other should be sought after and treasured. I hope that these kinds of friendship would grow and flourish in our church family.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, … Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). Give thanks that Jesus calls us his friends. How can you cultivate this most precious of friendships?
Loving each other
Pray and give thanks for your friends in the St Christopher’s church community. Pray that God would help friendship flourish among us, and that each of us would be a good friend to another. Pray for those who feel lonely. Could you be a friend to them?
Serving our community
Pray and give thanks for Anja as she finishes her year with us in the next week. Pray for a good transition as she returns home and then begins her studies in the autumn. Pray for the preparation for our World Cup event on 15 July, that it would be a vibrant celebration that brings the community together.
Bible Verse of the Week
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”