September 21 Friendship with Jesus

Scripture reading: Psalm 67:1–7

Key verse: Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

What is God like to you? Do you see Him as Someone who listens to your prayers with an open heart? Or do you imagine that He has His mind made up about your circumstance even before you come to Him?

Jesus had a reason for calling us His friends. He wanted to convey truth to us in such a way that we would accept and not reject the closeness of His love. A friend is someone you can call on any time of the day or night.

She listens patiently without judging the context of your words. She will even let you ramble, knowing you will settle down and come to a reasonable point of view. Friends weather the storms of life together. When life becomes rough and lonely, they hang tough.

Always give the Lord your adoration and devotion, but also be willing to give Him your love through fellowship. Make Him your very best Friend. It’s okay to seek the counsel of other godly friends, but make a habit of going to Him first with your heartaches, troubles, and requests. Let Him speak the words of encouragement you so desperately need.

The God who listens as you pray wants you to know that He loves you completely. When you step into His presence, you enter into an inexhaustible pool of possibilities. It is His holy chamber, but it is also a place of loving friendship.

Take me into the holy chamber with You, Father. Let me rest in Your presence and have my vision renewed with limitless possibilities.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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