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How to Find True Friendship

by Sheri Yates

Have you ever had a friend to whom you couldn’t stop talking? Did you cut off each other’s sentences because you were so eager to share the next thing on your mind? My youngest girl, Kennedy, and my friend’s daughter, Joy, are friends like that. Listening to them makes your head spin. They can’t wait to share with each other. Sometimes they even text each other before they get together to start their conversation. They text little messages on their phones begging to spend more time together so they can talk, giggle, and laugh. The joy they have explodes wherever they are. The friendship they have is evident to all. They include others, but, clearly, their hearts are sewn together.

I think their sweet friendship is the kind of friendship we’re supposed to be seeking with the Lord. We should be unable to stop talking with Him. We should be about to explode with stories we want to share with Him. We shouldn’t be reserved or worry about when would be a good time to talk to Him or whether something is worth telling Him. We shouldn’t be thinking, “Should I really tell Him about this? Is He too busy to hear this one thing? Maybe this minor issue isn’t one I should share because it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to Him.”

With the girls, there’s no restraint in their storytelling. They tell each other everything. That’s how it should be in your relationship with God. Your Father knows every thought before it tumbles to your lips. He knows everything about you. He knows you, inside and out, better than anyone else. He knows every tear you’ve cried and every tear you’ve held back. He knows every smile you’ve given or refrained from showing because you were holding back in fear. He’s a friend who is constantly talking to you and cannot wait to share and pour out His love for you. He has stories to tell you and so much to share.

Are you seeking the Father’s heart with the same intensity? Are you pouring out your heart to Him, eager to share every thought and detail of your life? In my case, sometimes I am and sometimes I’m not. Sometimes I’m too busy, letting problems ramble around in my mind. I end up telling someone else what I should be telling my loving Father. I share my golden passions with others and then forget to come back to the Father and express to Him what’s on my heart.

Seeking God in prayer isn’t about asking Him to fix everything and do everything for you. It’s about allowing Him to become your closest friend. He is most likely the only friend who has laid down His life for you. He’s closer than any other friend or any spouse on earth could ever be. Will you let Him be that friend? John 15:13


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