Matter of Faith: Friendship with Jesus


From: Philip Sorensen

A hymn writer wrote: “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.”

Friendships are built through communications. That’s how we get to know one another. We talk to God in prayer; God communicates with us through His word, the Bible. In his humanity, Jesus spent much time with his Father in prayer. He teaches us that we can ask anything of the Father in his name and God will answer.

What does it mean to ask in his name? James, the half brother of Jesus, wrote, “We have not because we ask not or we ask for selfish reasons, rather than asking God’s will be done.” “In his name” means for the honor of his name. It also seems to imply that we have a relationship with him. In James 5:16, he says that the fervent prayer of a person who is right with God gets wonderful results.

The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to pray and never give up (I Thessalonians 5:17). The prayer of a penitent sinner gets an immediate response as the thief on the cross experienced.

But whatever our needs, we are invited to pray about everything (Philippians 4:16-17). He’s a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Talk to him, tell him your troubles and needs. He is waiting to hear from you.


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