A Thankful Friend of God

Consider this verse carefully: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

Now ask for the kingdom to come in your life—for a richer, closer friendship with God, even while you sort through what tasks need to be done today to help you earn a living.

Take some time today to just “be” before God. Praise Him. Specifically remember the good things that He has done for us—in biblical history through His birth, His life and teaching, His death and resurrection, and in your life through how He has worked with you. Thank God that you are friends with Him, and that the whole point of His coming was to make us His friends. Thank Him that any tasks that God assigns will only make us closer to Him. End by remembering that eternal life is to know Him.

–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).

Glorious God, I give You thanks for allowing me to be a friend and for showing me that sending Jesus was they key to this intimate relationship with You.  May I prayerfully submit myself to You daily…not for the purpose of “doing” anything, but simply to “be” in Your Presence, getting to know You more and more.

Prayer Points
Praise Jesus Christ, the Lord, the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4-5). Thank God for making “his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (4:6). Confess times of disinterest in knowing God fully. Commit yourself to thinking daily about him and his glory. Ask God to make his light shine more fully in your heart.

Pray for God to shine through you to your family and friends, even though they know you well enough to see your weaknesses. Thank God that this shows even more clearly that the power is from him rather than you (4:7).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).