I had to post something that I read earlier this morning. But I will tell you a short story. The other day my daughter said to me, "I don't know how you did it mom, but you are God's best friend". I laughed about it and told her, I spend a lot of time with Him. The reason why she was stating that was because I had prayed about something that apparently happened for her.
You are as close to God as you choose to be. Like any friendship, you must work at developing your friendship with God. It won't happen by accident. It takes desire, time, and energy. If you want a deeper, more intimate connection with God you must learn to honestly share your feelings with Him, trust Him when He asks you to do something, learn to care about what he cares about, and desire His friendship more than anything else. God doesn't expect you to be perfect, but he does insist on complete honesty. None of God's friends in the Bible were perfect.
One day I was in prayer, and I said to God, "Lord, I want you to call me your friend". That same day, I was in a prayer group/bible study at a person's home and she leaned over and said to me, God said you are His friend. I just sat there and cried because no one but God was in the room with me when I made that comment. You see, it is easy to be friends with someone that you have something in common with. The thing that I have in common with God is that we both desire and have compassion for people. We both want all to come to know Christ. Now that God and I desire the same things, He gives me whatever spiritual gifts I need to accomplish what we both desire. I can get a prayer through and I am not going to be boastful. But if I cannot get a prayer through then the ministry would be dead and why would you trust me to pray for you. You should desire for people to say the same thing about you. Some of you, really don't have any friends, so why not tell God all your problems? Why not tell God all your inner most feelings and secrets, He won't gossip to someone else, that's for sure? You won't hear it in the congregation either. GOD BLESS YOU! Amen!
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