There will be moments in life where you will feel helpless. Even if you are near a loved one, sometimes fate is out of your hands. Whether you are talking about an accident, heart attack or illness, the only thing you can do is pray. Perhaps if more people were proactive, lifting up friends to God daily, you wouldn’t have to face as many emergencies in life that some are forced to endure.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24.
King Solomon eludes to the power of friendship in the Old Testament. Whenever you find an individual who shares a common interest, hobby or passion, an instant bond often develops. If nourished, friends can quickly become like close members of the family. According to Solomon, there is a tendency to accumulate as many friends as possible, but those who seek quality relationships over quantity will be rewarded.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends, John 15:13.
One day Jesus uses a gardening analogy during a conversation with his disciples. Just as a gardener cares for, prunes and nourishes plants under his or her care, a good friend does the same thing. Likely referring to his impending death on a cross, Jesus brings up the greatest act a friend can demonstrate. Sacrificing, serving or laying down your own wants and needs for a friend reveals love. While this commitment may not be possible for everyone, the least you can do lift up friends in prayer to the Lord.
by Jay Mankus