A Jonathan Friend

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18; 19; 20; Psalm 59

"Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself" (18:1).

"Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God" (23:16).

"And Jonathan asked David to repeat his promise of love for him, because he loved David as much as he loved himself" (20:17 NCV).

"May the Lord be between you and me forever" (20:23 NKJV).

"Jonathan said to David, 'Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord" (20:41).

David, after Jonathan's death: "I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother, you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women" (2 Samuel 1:26).

During my devotions in 2002, I was captivated by the special friendship of David and Jonathan, and began to pray for a "Jonathan friend." Almost two months later, a good friend of mine said that God had impressed on her heart that she should make a commitment to stand behind me in prayer. We entered into an extraordinary friendship with the objective of always helping each other find strength in God, as Jonathan did for David (1 Sam. 23:16). We have earnestly supported each other in prayer, encouraged each other with scripture, walked faithfully beside each other, held each other up, made each other strong, and developed an unbreakable bond of friendship. Together, we have discovered the depth of God's love, the magnitude of his mercy, the fullness of his healing, the joy of his presence, the faithfulness of his ways, the richness of his words, the abundance of his peace and the strength of his spirit. We have truly become one in spirit and helped each other find strength in God. Our rare friendship has blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined. May the Lord be between us forever.

Here is my journal from 3/25/02: Lord, you've given me many close friends. In the times that I need a friend, you seem to always bring along the right one to share with. But I long for a special friend that I can develop a strong spiritual bond with. Lately, you've impressed on my heart the need for a prayer partner … someone I can regularly share and pray with. Since we quit having Ladies Bible Study last year, I've felt a void in my spirit of having someone to share with on a spiritual level and on a regular basis. I think it would help me to have that regular accountability and support. Maybe I could find a Bible Study to get involved in, but I feel more led to find one special person. I'm not sure who it could be. It has to be the right person. I want to study the Bible and talk about “God things” together. I want to mutually encourage and sharpen one another. I want to "become one in spirit" and help each other "find strength in God." I want to regularly lift each other up in prayer – not just "God bless/help so-and-so", but earnest prayer support for each other. I want to learn to be comfortable praying out loud with her. Please reveal to me who it could be. I want you, not me, to pick out the right one. If you have a "Jonathan friend" for me, impress the same need on her heart, and have her approach me about it. I will wait for your choice and for your timing.