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Friendly Father

We never pray enough. I write and preach so often about prayer because the Spirit continues to show me that we never pray enough. I know I’m guilty of not praying enough. I consider Brother Lawrence and how he would talk to God during the day. It was so natural. Why do I, why do we, pray so unnaturally? Why do we get so caught up with trying to pray properly, instead of simply investing in our relationship with Jesus? Why do we find prayer awkward? Why do we push off prayer? It doesn’t make any sense.

The Bible tells us that God is our Father. He is the one and only Father. We can cry out to Him, “Abba Father,” just like Jesus. This is like crying out “Daddy.” But instead we put up walls. We don’t approach Him like a Father. Do we not see Him as a Father? Do we have “daddy issues” that keep us from understanding the role of a father?

The Bible also tells us that God is our friend. Our friend. Now that is hard to consider. A friend is someone you can talk to about anything. A friend is someone you can speak freely with and just have fun. You don’t hold back with your friends.

If you can grasp that God is your Father and God is your friend—that He is your friendly Father—then you are a ready for what is necessary for your relationship with God. To do life with God, you need to speak with your friendly Father. You need to open up to Him, to approach continually through the day, to include Him in your life. Speak to Him when you rise. Speak to Him as you brush your teeth. Speak to Him as you have your meal. Speak to Him as you drive your car. Speak to Him while at work. Speak freely. No need for “art” and “thou.” You can honor Him as holy as you speak freely. He wants your heart, not a fake and stuffy presentation. He wants a relationship with YOU. The real you. Pray today to your friendly Father.

“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” – John 15:15 [NLT]

Shoulder Pain

I’ve been having a lot of shoulder pain for the past few months. It started to be very bothersome and interrupt my activities of daily living. Someone who knows a thing or two about shoulders has told me I have a weak shoulder. Yes, a weak shoulder. I never thought it could be possible—that I could have a weak shoulder—as I am always active. The problem is the particular area doesn’t do the work as other muscles and it has become too weak to support itself.

So now I am in a lot of pain and lately I find myself with eyes filled with tears as I try to sleep. I find myself having to do exercises to work out the weak area. This therapy is painful. This therapy can be draining or overwhelming. This therapy is necessary.

As God chips away at us, helping to mold us into we are meant to be, we might feel some pain. Change requires loss. We grieve. We drag our feet. We don’t understand. To move along with God and walk alongside Him doing our part, we find ourselves making adjustments to our lives to make room for Him and that can appear overwhelming. We say things like, “I have to wake up earlier so I can get my morning devotion read or it won’t get done” We find ourselves stepping out in faith in small and big ways. Turning down jobs. Traveling to unfamiliar areas. Changing direction. But just as I need this therapy to strengthen my muscle again, so we need God’s Word, His direction, His prodding. I pray today you allow yourself to be molded by our Maker, rejoicing as you trust His perfect plan. Praise Him. Trust Him. Embrace Him. Dig into His Word—not just here and there, but every day. Take it with you. Write it down. Remember it. Cherish it. Eat it. Speak it. Love it. No one who trust God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it.

“With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between him and me!’ Scripture reassures us, ‘No one who trusts God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it.’” – Romans 10:10-11 [MSG]

A Living Spirited Dance

Dancing is not something I am good at doing but some of my fondest memories are dancing on the kitchen floor with my children’s feet upon mine. They loved to have our evening dance session. We would put the music up loud and dance for nearly an hour each evening before I did the dishes.

Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians “to live in order to please God, as in fact you are now living” (NIV). The Message translates “not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.” Now if you consider dancing, there is a rhythm involved. The dancers must be in sync. To be in step with each other, they bond in this close relationship so their movements are smooth and free flowing.

So how can we have a living, spirited dance when it comes to our relationship with God? How can we be in step with God? It comes down to spending time in His Word, listening to His Spirit, and never neglecting the great opportunity we have to come to Him in prayer. Your life with God is not meant to be dreaded or boring. It is not meant to appear painful or dead. Your life with God is living—living like never imagined—with a beautiful dance between Creator and created, between Master and servant, between Father and child. Today, place your toes on your Father’s feet and dance away. Dance like you never danced before.

“One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life. Keep yourselves from sexual promiscuity. – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 [MSG]

Keep Company

In Ephesians 5 we are told to “follow God’s example” and to “walk in the way of love.” Paul writes, “Just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV). When I read the Message translation of this passage, two words pop out—“Keep company.”

Keep company with Him. Keep company with God. Well what does it mean to keep company? It means to be with, to stay with, to spend time with. It also means to associate with or be connected with a person. So how does one keep company with God? Through prayer. Through worship. Through reading God’s Word. Through serving God’s people.

Each of us can walk in love better, each of us can walk in Christ better by keeping company with God. Every so often I am given a glimpse of something that reminds me of where I once was in life. People pass me by, a song comes on the radio, I see something on the news, or something happens and it reminds me of where I used to be in life. Then I thank God for where I am now. I know I’m not where I’m supposed to be, but I know that I have changed so much because I continue to keep company with my Father. I pray today you’ll do the same.

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” – Ephesians 5:1-2 [MSG]