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Talking to God

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

1 John 5:14-15 New International Version (NIV)

When we really trust someone, that person often becomes the recipient of our fellowship. We feel we can talk to them about anything. We tell them our secrets and fears. We share our dreams and desires. We put faith in this person believing that they love us enough to offer comfort and encouragement in our distress or express sincere joy and happiness for our success. Friendships like this do exist in the world between people, but we are limited by our humanity and sometimes we fall short. In God, we have a Friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV) and through prayer, we can always talk to Him.

God Himself has enabled our confidence in approaching Him through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. We are reconciled to God when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and we then receive the Best Friend we will ever have. This is a Friend who gave His life for us while we were sinners and makes constant intercession for us as we live in a fallen world believing in Him. Through Christ, we can talk to God at any time and tell Him anything. That's what we do when we pray. Jesus taught us how in the Bible (Matthew 6:9-13).

It is a blessing to know that whenever or whatever we ask according to God's will, He hears us. Making our requests known to God in the name of Jesus is how we know we are asking according to His will. Following His Son, Jesus Christ, is how we know if we are asking according to His Word.

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