Today, many people pass through the same five distinct stages on their journeys to Jesus: from distrust to trust, from complacent to curious, from being closed to change in their lives to being open, from meandering to seeking, and entering into the Kingdom. You can learn more about each stage by reading The 5 Thresholds of Postmodern Conversion Overview.
Understanding this process will help you learn how to pray for and encourage your friends along their journeys, even though not all of them will become Christians. Below you'll find some ideas for how to pray for your friend each step of the way, and how to pray through your own emotions and needs in the process as well.
THRESHOLD 1: Trusting a Christian
Today, Christianity and religion are suspect and distrust has become the norm. The first threshold, then, involves your peer beginning to significantly trust you as a Christian.