A Prayer On the Necessities of Friendship

The Necessities of Friendship from A Barclay Prayer Book

Keep us, O God, from all the things which make friendship impossible.

Keep us from
The sarcastic tongue;
The critical eye;
The ears which love malicious gossip;
The mind which thinks the worst;
The heart whose only love is self-love.

Give us the things which enable friendship to flourish.

Give us
The ability to bear one another’s burdens and to forgive one another’s faults;
The sympathetic, the unselfish and the understanding heart;
The temper and the tongue which are always under control;
The determination to treat others as we would have them treat us;
The tolerance which can always see the pint of view of others.

Help us to live remembering that in you we live and move and have our being,
and that life is always in your sight.


Today I am making this prayer mine as I thank God for the friends He has given me, and as I ask Him to give me the grace I need to be a good friend to them.


14 thoughts on “A Prayer On the Necessities of Friendship

  1. What a blessing it is to find you, Becky. I too believe in the free and sovereign grace of God. I blog but very little about biblical things. My blog is more about unschooling and interior decorating. I have found it difficult to add what I believe in there but I'm working on it. I've been searching through the internet trying to find grace believing homeschoolers to connect with and here I am! So lovely to be here. You have a new follower today:)


  2. Wow, did I ever need that prayer, Becky. I've been blessed with many wonderful friends but lately have been going through a season of frustration with a few relationships. Yet God has been reminding me to look for the positives … exactly what this prayer speaks to. It also helps to remember, “It's not about me.” I'll be printing it out and praying it regularly. Thank you!


  3. Becky,

    “Today I am making this prayer mine as I thank God for the friends He has given me, and as I ask Him to give me the grace I need to be a good friend to them.”

    I shared this with friends this evening so read it again. This is so beautiful, Becky, and I am making this my prayer, too.

    I am so thankful for you and each one of my friends. Much love to you, dear Becky, and thank you.



  4. Such a precious picture, Becky. It makes my heart smile. What a gift you have in having your sister as your friend, too, one with whom you can delight in the goodness in the LORD. Thank you for sharing this beautiful encouragement to be a God-honoring friend.


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