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“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples….. I no longer call you servants, because servants do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:7-8; 15 (TNIV)
Friendship with God! What a privilege! But what does it really mean in everyday life? Jesus says the heart of this friendship is that He desires communication with us. This is true prayer. We can talk to Him knowing that He is listening and acting on our behalf and will speak to us as we listen expectantly. He counsels us even in what we consider to be mundane situations. Recently I caught my bus home after waiting a long time with a heavy rucksack full of shopping. I was shocked when it then went in the wrong direction. I panicked, thinking I must have misread the bus number and tried to gather my shopping to jump off. To my surprise I sensed Jesus saying in my heart ’relax, its ok.’ This didn’t make sense as the further I went the wrong way the harder it would be to get back. But I sat back in my seat and moments later the bus turned back – I discovered later that the driver was new and had taken the wrong road! I was so glad I had listened to Jesus and not jumped off!
As a deaf person conversations can be frustrating. But whatever our weaknesses they cannot stop us from hearing Jesus and praying effectively. I converse with Him in my heart, listening for His strategy and wisdom. He may give me insights like a verse or an impression. As I speak out in prayer what He shows me, I find amazing things can happen; Difficult situations are turned around, peace restored. This shows the power of conversation with God. Prayer must never be just reciting a list of needs, but hearing His heart and then praying His purposes. Once, I sensed Jesus saying that a very depressed friend was to Him like a fragrant flower. I had never seen her smile but after He gave me that thought I began to thank Him daily for her beauty and fragrance. I was overjoyed the day I saw her face light up in most a beautiful smile.
Never underestimate your calling to be a friend working in partnership with God through prayer. It can become a life changing adventure.
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