(This is part of a series of posts focusing on prayers for my daughters. I have one adult daughter, and an almost-teen daughter. I have prayed for them their whole lives; sometimes I prayed diligently, sometimes sporadically. I wish that I had prayed more frequently, and I am trying to change that now.)
Friends have a big influence on our children. Our influence as parents, though, is most important in our children’s lives, and we owe it to them to use our influence to see that they are blessed with God’s best by interceding for them with our Heavenly Father.
“Dear Lord, I pray on behalf of my daughter and ask your blessing on her. Help her to desire wisdom, and to seek wisdom in the friends she chooses. Let her not be a companion of fools. Bring into her life friends who are reliable and loyal, who are devoted to her and always seek the best for her.
Keep her from associating with those who struggle with anger, and are prone to rage. Steer her away from them so she won’t learn their bad habits and fall into their traps.
Bring friends into her life that will be able to pick her up when she falls, and I pray she will do the same for them. Allow her to have the support she needs to maintain a strong spiritual life. Don’t let her fall prey to loneliness and despair. Bring Godly friends into her life to encourage her and pray for her.
Help her association with her friends to encourage and kindle a greater desire to deepen her walk with You, and know You better. Impress on her the need to choose her friends wisely and carefully. Keep her from being misled by wickedness and those who encourage it. Help her to turn her back on those who would do evil. Amen.”Prayers for My Daughters - Praying for Friends Click To Tweet
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared” Proverbs 22:24-25
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26