Praying to Your Best Friend
In most seasons of life, we (including me!) only pray when we’re in trouble or in need.
“God, I pray that you would provide funds for this missions trip.” “God, I pray that this conference we’re organizing would go well.” “God, I pray that you would give me energy for finals week.”
If you’d allow me to use this metaphor, think of what it would be like if a son only went to his father as a last resort. “Dad, I need $___ for this school payment.” “Dad, can you pick me up? I’m at the movies and don’t have a ride.” “Dad, Can you get me out of this one?”
Most of the time, if he is a good father, he will gladly do those things for his son. But there is something missing which is essential to their relationship: normal conversation. When’s the last time the son called his mom or dad just to talk? When’s the last time he talked to them not because he needed something, but because he saw the value in having a good conversation—one in which he delights in learning about them?
We’re already good enough at asking God for things and making pleas for help. And while these things are good, what we really need to re-learn is having conversations with God—normal conversations as our prayers: not asking for anything, not telling him what we need…just talking to him about our day and asking him questions with no strings attached, like we would ask our closest of friends. If we neglect to have these conversations, we are missing an integral part of our relationship with God. He’ll be our lifeline more than our friend.
God doesn’t just want to be the person you talk to when you’re in dire need of help; he wants to be the one you talk to on the most normal of normal days: in other words, he wants to be your best friend.