Do you have a friend who is struggling with something that is tearing his life apart? Perhaps it is something that consumes him–like an addiction. Perhaps it is fear or generational bondage. Perhaps it is the lie of an enemy to destroy. Maybe you don’t believe you can help him experience freedom, but you can. Pray for him and with him. Intercession not only gives you spiritual insight, but builds faith. Pray regarding what you share, and be sure the Holy Spirit is guiding you. Before you offer yourself to help your friend, realize that the offer you are about to make is a commitment to not only your friend, but to God. It is your investment in his life, and it is offered with the expectation of nothing in return.
Listen to your friend. Take time to understand what he is saying. Many times we don’t hear because we are planning what we are going to say next.
Do not judge. If someone confesses to you, do not criticize him. Realize that he reaches out to you because he trusts you.
Keep his confession confidential. Whatever he reveals, don’t tell others. Treat his confidence as a sacred trust.
Pray with him for deliverance and healing in Christ. Encourage him that there will be a day when he will be free from that bondage.
Persevere. Don’t give up. Believe in him when he is at his lowest. Don’t allow him to isolate himself.
Share the Word. Assist him in Bible study, and help him discover God’s promises.
Keep your own relationship with the Lord pure. If you are not open to the Lord’s correction, you cannot help your friend.