Befriending God Through Prayer

A devotion on Exodus 33:11

The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. He turned again into the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, didn’t depart from the Tent.
–Exodus 33:11

Imagine being invited to a dinner party and upon arrival, you realize it’s a surprise party with all of your closest friends. How would you feel?

Chances are, after the initial shock, you’d gladly enjoy the company of your loved ones and savor every moment.

Healthy relationships with loved ones give us a glimpse of how to interact with God. Sometimes we forget to simply befriend Him. Moses considered God His dearest friend. He took the time to worship God and get to know Him on an intimate level. The same access Moses had to God is available to you and me.

Prayer gives us access to God. Many times, we overcomplicate prayer. Prayer is simply a means of befriending God through conversation. Ask any group of friends and you’ll soon realize that communication is key to intimacy. God is no different. As we draw closer to Him, He draws closer to us (James 4:8).

In prayer, allow yourself to be transparent and open to God. Share with Him all of your worries, fears, joys, and triumphs. The same way you would share your heart with a friend over a meal, express your deepest longings to God. As you begin to share more of yourself with Him, your friendship with God will grow.

Prayer

Heavenly Lord, Help me to befriend You and to grow more in love with You every day. Please show me the way to draw closer and closer to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How do I speak to my friends? How do I speak to God? How is my prayer life? How can I use prayer to draw closer to God?