Your Best Friend
We’ve all had “best friends” at some point in our lives — that
one person with whom you enjoy sharing a lot of time, someone to whom you can
tell just about anything. Even when you cannot do things together, you stay in
touch by telephone, email, text messages, or even by mail if one of you moves
Of all these forms of communications, talking by telephone with your best friend
is the most enjoyable. You just cannot replace the comfortable feeling and
enjoyment you feel from the sound of laughter and friendship with this other
Your relationship with God is just like this. During the Old Testament years,
only a few people could connect directly to God and they were usually prophets.
It’s doubtful the average person at that time considered God his/her best
friend, but Jesus changed all of that. Through Him and by the power of the Holy
Spirit, we have what the Old Testament people did not — a direct telephone line
to God. It’s called prayer.
we have other connections to God in our lives, such as the communion and
religious services, prayer is still that telephone line of connection that gives
us direct contact with God. But even more reliable than a cell phone, our prayer
connection to God goes with us anywhere and at anytime — no dropped connections!
It can be a formal recitation of prayers or a quick hello during our busy day.
For me, God is my best friend — always has been. As such, I talk to Him off and
on throughout each and every day. Usually, I talk out loud to Him, a habit I
developed many years ago and one which gets me in trouble. Many times, I forget
my environment and find someone giving me an odd look in Walmart. I have learned
to just smile and chuckle to myself, knowing God has a great sense of humor.
Once the individual has left, I resume my talk with my “best friend”.
Prayer comes in many forms, but the result is always the same — you are
connecting with God, and He connects back with you by answering your prayers,
even if the answer may be “No.” Prayer that connects is a privilege we have been
given by Christ, a privilege that strengthens our faith each time we use it and
helps make life a little easier.
Have you talked to your “best friend” today?
by Patricia Hawke
Copyright 2008, Patricia Hawke
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