Jesus, Our Friend

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God often speaks to me by giving me a word to meditate on and this word usually sparks a song. This morning as my sleepy eyes started to prepare themselves to take in the day, I heard God whisper, “Friend“.

John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his Master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” [emphasis added]

Friend means: a person whom one knows and whom one has a bond of mutual affection.

When you think of Jesus, do you think of one whom has a mutual affection… with you?

Jesus says if we do as he commands, we are his friend [Jn 15:14]. When we abide in him, when we focus on him and him alone, we automatically do as he commands. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus as we walk through our day, we naturally follow where he leads.

What does it mean to have Jesus as our friend? I’m learning to speak God’s words back to him in prayer, especially when I don’t understand. “Father, show me what it means when Jesus calls me friend.” As he so often does, he gave me a song:

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
by Joseph M. Scriven

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, thou has promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
all to thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer –
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
will be our sweet portion there.

When we’re feeling mistreated by a co-worker or boss, pray. When we feel discouraged because we feel unnoticed and unheard, pray. When we feel confused and lost, pray.

Similarly, when we get that promotion we’ve always wanted, pray. When we find a treasure we’ve been searching for, pray. When we feel like we were able to say the right thing at the perfect time, pray.

Prayer is simply talking with God. He wants to share in our everyday moments, the good, the bad and the ugly. He wants to be with us for them all. He longs for us to talk to him and tell him about our day. He also longs for us to hear his voice [Jn. 10:27]. The more we look for him in our everyday moments, the easier it becomes to see him.

The more we talk with God and pause to listen, the more we hear him. God is faithful to respond to us when we ask to hear his voice [Lk 11:9]. He guides our thoughts and challenges us to think more like him, to see the world through his eyes.

This morning, as you begin your day, ask God to show himself to you. As your day progresses, talk with him, share your moments and watch God show up, just as he promises he will.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

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