Talking to a Friend

Hebrews 4:15-16
We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Recently I had a conversation with a friend. It was one I won’t forget for a long time because I was able to pour out my heart and share with her some of the things that I’ve been thinking--deep things that you don’t share with anyone but a good, close friend whom you trust.

There are times when we pray and we long to pour out our heart to God like we would to a good, close friend, but we fear that we can’t. We may think, “God is too big to care about my petty problems,” or “I’m too ashamed to tell Him about that.” But Hebrews 4:15 -16 tells us that there is nothing that we can’t share with God. Jesus Christ, God the Son who became our High Priest, knows what it is like to feel pain and sorrow, and to be tempted. So, knowing that He knows and He feels our pain, we may boldly tell Him anything!

It was said of Martin Luther, the famous theologian, that when he began his prayers, he prayed with such repentance that you almost felt sorry for him, but as he continued in prayer he spoke with such boldness that you almost feared for him. Luther shared with God everything that was on his heart, including his anger, his hurt, his pain, and even at times his disappointments with God.

My friend, I encourage you to come respectfully and boldly before God’s throne. Pour out your heart to Him like you would to that good, close friend. Be totally unafraid find release in knowing that He cares about every detail of your life.

Blessed Jesus, no matter what burden or weakness I bring to You, Your love enfolds me and Your grace sustains me. What a good friend You are!

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006

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