A lot of people long for deeper, richer, and more dynamic relationships with God through prayer, but when they are discouraged by unanswered prayers, they begin to struggle with doubt. They begin to wonder whether they are praying the “right” way or God just chose not to answer them.

God wants us to acknowledge Him as a friend, therefore approaching Him with our prayers as a friend. The confidence to ask God for anything will be lost when we don’t know God as a friend. In John 15:15, God personally called us His friends because He has made known unto us, all things that He heard from the Father.

Running to God only when you are desperate for an emergency solution wouldn’t build a good relationship with God. our relationship with Him should be based on mutual and regular fellowship with Him. Also, when you learn to include God in our thoughts and conversations, you are developing a great friendship because you are inviting Him to get involved in your everyday life.

In Luke 11:1, a disciple of Jesus Christ said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray….” even though the disciples spent a lot of time with Him but they still felt the need to ask Him to teach them how to pray. He sure did help them and if you run to Him to help you too, He will surely help.

Prayer requires boldness as it is stated in Hebrew 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

One of the many benefits of being close to God is because our Prayer blesses others. When a friend shared a problem with me, I was unable to help but I told him, “I’ll tell God about it.”I asked God to do me a favour and help him and voila – the prayer was answered. I believed my friendship with God made my prayers answered and his problem got solved. As you become friends with God, your prayers for others will become more effective and make an eternal difference in their lives.

The more energy you exert and the more time you invest in developing an intimate friendship with God, the more powerful and exciting our communication and prayer life will be.

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