As we continue 50 Days of Standing in the Gap, we are praying for our nation, for its leaders, and for the upcoming presidential election. We are intentionally praying and fasting, knowing that God hears our prayers. We’re also internalizing each of the six Measures as we encourage one another and spur one another on towards Christ.
Our third measure is the question, “Who are my 2 AM friends?”
There are four things we heard in this morning’s sermon:
- The Fruit of Friendship- The Fruit that comes from the Branch connected to the Vine is for our Friends. (John 15:12-17; Galatians 5:22-23)
- The Grace of Friendship- We are created in the image of God for friendship. (Genesis 1:27)
- The Harmony of Friendship- We are to be 2 AM friends with people in the church, and we are to be 2 AM friends with people outside the church. (Luke 11:5-9; Acts 16:25-34)
- The Initiator of Friendship- Christ is the Truer, Better friend who initiated friendship with us. (Luke 7:34, Jonah 2:2-4, Psalm 18:4-6, Proverbs 18:24)
And we began to answer the question:
What does a 2 AM friend do?
- Answers the call
- Makes the call
- Provides for a need
- Reminds you of God's truth
As you reflect this week and internalize this measure consider the questions:
- Am I committed to a group of people who constantly remind me of my identity in Christ?
- Do I confess my insecurities and struggles to people who help me apply the gospel to my life?
- Do I have friends that I can call at anytime?
Here are some other Scripture passages to aid you in your reflection: Proverbs 27:17, Luke 10:30-37, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 2 Corinthians 12:1-9, , 1 John 1:9
As you pray and fast this week, we encourage you to pray and intercede for the following;
Personal: Pray that you might find someone to meet with who can encourage you and who you can encourage toward love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Nation: Pray that God may surround government leaders and elected or appointed officials with people who provide wise counsel, supportive friendship, and meaningful conversation.
For supplemental resources, prayer prompts, and to learn more about fasting, go to www.shades.org/measures.