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The Power of Praying for Friends

There’s such power in praying for our friends who don’t yet know Jesus. Not just doing it once in a while, or when we feel like it, but doing it regularly – persevering with discipline, and with joy.

There was a great preacher called D.L. Moody who had a hundred friends who didn’t know Jesus. He prayed for them every day – and when one of them became a Christian, he’d just tick their name off the list.

By the time he died, 96 of those hundred had given their lives to Jesus. And at his funeral, the final four also became Christians.

D.L. Moody certainly set the bar high with his hundred friends. But just imagine if every Christian in the country prayed for just five of their friends who don’t yet know Jesus.

As part of Thy Kingdom Come, the Church of England is encouraging every Christian to pray for five of their friends in just this way – because we long to see more people in our nation know the good news of Jesus Christ.

To help with that, special prayer bracelets are being given out. They are a piece of leather that you tie around your wrist, with a knot to remind you of each person you’re holding in prayer.

Take a minute and just imagine what could happen if we all committed to praying in this way in the run-up to Pentecost – and beyond.

To find out more about Thy Kingdom Come, and to order your bracelet, visit www.thykingdom.co.uk.

Watch Pete Greig from HTB Church and 24-7 Prayer talking about praying for five friends:

First printed on the website of the Diocese of Bristol.

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