When asked “Do you have any close friends and why are they close?”, you often hear the following descriptions. “We have been through a lot together”, or “I can tell them anything.” We have only a small number of close friends who are treasured.
I look at the desire of God and see that He wants to be close to us. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) states, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” God continues to knock at the door of our hearts desiring to be welcomed with the purpose of getting to know each other intimately.
John 15:7 is a very intimate verse, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Synonyms of the word “abide” are dwell, stay, hang out, and live. If you invite our Lord into your heart and abide with Him, you get to know and understand Him and what He is saying. Once you grasp His words, you can “ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Why? Because, you honor His words which are the desire of His heart.
During tough times, you wonder why James states in 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Here is the reason why. During life’s trials, you have needs that force you to cry out to God. To get through the trials, you learn new things about Jesus, walking with Him, understanding His Word, and with His power, you work through and out of your problems. Never forget the one constant with friends, “We have been through a lot together.” It is the same regarding our relationship with Jesus.
Jesus actually calls us friends. Good friends talk about everything. Look at John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” He has told us everything.
Now, it’s our turn. He’s constantly knocking with the desire to be welcomed. It’s awesome to enjoy God not only as Lord but as a friend.