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Our Father and Friend

Praying has always been a part of my life. As a young girl, I knew you could tell God anything and He’d listen, but I never took full advantage of that. All I ever did was say a small prayer at the end of each day, that felt enough for me. When I needed to open up about something I was struggling with, I’d always run to my friends for advice and comfort. This worked out pretty well for many years, until I found myself in a situation where their advice and comfort was no longer enough.

Suddenly, I lost my dad and my whole world came crashing down. Although many of my friends were there for me, this was different. I needed a different kind of comfort and peace. I knew I wouldn’t be able to find that in just anybody - so I decided to begin writing out some of my prayers. I told Jesus, in many details, about all my doubts, fears and emotions (that at the time, were all over the place). All I wanted was to feel His comfort through my prayers. My life and walk with Jesus began to completely change. I realized then that Jesus was not only my Father, but also my friend.

I discovered through losing my dad that Jesus always wanted to be my best friend. He wants to hear all our questions. He wants to know about all our fears and doubts. He wants us to pour ourselves out to Him!

So you might be thinking, “Where do I even start?”

The Lord tells us in Matthew 6:6 to “find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God, and just be there as simply and as honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God and you will begin to sense His grace.”

That’s exactly where God wants us to begin: quietly and secluded, with simple words and a humble heart. To you that might look like a prayer walk, journaling, or maybe even prayer through worship songs. Whichever brings you closer to His presence, I encourage you to take full advantage of it. He wants this relationship with you and He can’t wait to hear your voice.

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