BECOMING A BEST FRIEND OF GOD      (1)              Romans 5:6-11

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (v10)

By looking at the lives of God’s friends in the Bible, we learn six secrets of friendship with God.

(1) Through constant conversation. You will never grow a close relationship with God by just attending church once a week or even having a daily quiet time. Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him. It is important to establish the habit of a daily devotional time with God, but He wants more than an appointment in your schedule. “Praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  means conversing with God while shopping, driving, working, or performing any other everyday tasks. Everything you do can be “spending time with God” if He is invited to be a part of it and you stay aware of His presence. The classic book on learning how to develop a constant conversation with God is Practicing the Presence of God. It was written in the 17th century by Brother Lawrence, a humble cook in a French monastery. He was able to turn even the most common place and menial tasks, like preparing meals and washing dishes, into acts of praise and communion with God. The Bible tells us to pray all the time (1 Thessalonians 5:17) You need to create reminders to regularly bring your thoughts back to the awareness that God is with you in that moment.

Your goal is not a feeling, but a continual awareness of the reality that God is always present. That is the lifestyle of worship. (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I’m grateful that in all of life, Your purposes are being accomplished. Make me Your best friend and dwell in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, I pray.

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Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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