5 DAYS OF SIMPLE PRAYER
A P O C K E T FRIENDS
SA M P L E R ne w york times bestselling author
M AX L UCADO with
B E T S Y S T. A M A N T
DAY 1 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Heavenly Father, your abundance of mercy is overwhelming. You never fail to hand out extra measures of grace when I’m feeling empty. I praise you for your provision and for allowing me to approach you with confidence as your child. I long to be bold in your presence. When I feel uncertain, remind me that your arms are open wide for me. Prompt me to step into your embrace, especially during difficult times. Help my friends discover that same confidence. Prompt them to pray eagerly and to ask for your help and grace. Assure them that they don’t need to fear, because you love them with the love of a father. Help them understand how much you care for them. Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who, because of his sacrifice on the cross, enables me to come to you. Thank you for making a way for the world to experience your grace and mercy. In the name above all other names, amen.
DAY 2 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19 NKJV
Dear Jesus, I praise you for always being there for me. When my heart is troubled and my anxieties seem too great to bear, your presence comforts me. In you alone there is fullness of joy. Help me be the kind of friend my hurting friend needs. Give me insight: how to comfort, what to say, when to be silent, when to be present, how best to encourage and help. I need your help so that I can be your hands and feet to my friends when they struggle. Equip my friends to find joy even in struggles. In the midst of their hardships, help them discover your comfort, which reaches the deep places of hurt as nothing else can. Remind them that you are bigger than their anxieties, and give them peace and wellness of soul no matter what they’re facing. I’m so grateful that I not only have not only your presence with me but also the company of my friends who share my joy and sadness. Thank you for friends who bring ice cream, friends who offer listening ears, friends who give godly advice, and friends who simply cry beside me when life is hard. Thank you for providing comfort through these friends. In your great name I pray, amen.
DAY 3 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
Father God, I praise you for your good plan for my life. I know you are never confused or caught off guard by what happens next for me. Thank you for including beautiful friendships in your plan for my life, for the richness these relationships bring. Bless my friends, Father. Give my friends the confidence to trust your plan for their lives too. Help them know without a doubt that you are always working behind the scenes on their behalf. Give them peace of mind throughout the day as they deal with struggles. Remind them how good you are and how much you love them. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for having a plan for my life. Thank you for giving me friends who walk with me through uncertain days and remind me of your loving provision for me. In Christ’s name, amen.
DAY 4 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
Abba Father, sometimes life can be so hard. It’s easy to get caught up in all that is going wrong. But in the midst of our confusion and heartache, you are still good. I praise you for your constancy. On the bad days help me to keep an eternal perspective and to remember that everything about this earth is temporary. Remind me that you are always working behind the scenes and that what is happening today will one day be explained and revealed. C