Yeah, after the seeking comes the serving ...after the prayer comes the power. I know I need constant reminders to be prayerfully and then carefully make other friends along the way. Jesus lived like this. He indeed was in fellowship with His Father before making other friends when He walked upon this earth (he also had some enemies due to telling the truth..). If we can act and think and talk and walk like He did, then we too can make an impact on others here for the glory of our Heavenly Father.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly...A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire (nkj), he pursues selfish ends (niv). Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense (nlt).
And I really think you would agree with me here... it is basically selfish not to sow love in the area of friendships, when the Lord has already commanded us to love others as we love ourselves. Of course He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother and will never let us down. He is the one we are to love most ahead of all other friends or things and it glorifies Him when believers show proper love to others around them. It's simply about being a good witness.
"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." ~ A.A. Milne
"I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" ~ Psalm 139:7 nlt
We all can enjoy His presence before all the distractions come our way.. God, help us seek and focus on You first. With You here is wonderful ...it's exactly where I wanna be. Yes, close, not far away. With no type of bars to impede.. that's holding me back. Nearer. Lookin' to... you, expectantly. Filled with wonder, filled to overflowing with Your Spirit..and.. in awe of You alone. I'd like that. Can I ask You a few questions too.. dear God?
What's on Your mind today?.. where would You have me be?..with whom.. and what would You have me to do?..and how?
Would love to know. Restore to me the JOY of my salvation. Lookin' in Your love letter - I see truth, and joy and love..and miracles, and good deeds post saving faith. Wonderful.. that You can still communicate with us in a way that we each can understand. Wanna please You, no ifs ands or buts about it. Listening. Please speak. Ain't so good at this... but my ears are attentive. Happy.. that You've never not been good, or present, or kind, or wise, or patient, or holy, or considerate, or Helpful ..and P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L! So wanting to be a part, Lord. Where will You be at it? Can I go?Amazing! You've never not been around me or us... never not had our best interests at heart. How super-cool is that! Glad ...that we don't have to make an appointment, or wait in a boring line, or act all sublime... and that You're always right on time! I've been late.. in more than one state. Blessed.. that You're always mine and meeting needs.. sometimes before I even see. Stoked ...that I'm Yours and always will be, and that Your grace sets me free. You will decree.. and others also ..will be. How smart! Grateful Lord.., that I can always run to You with anything that's on my heart and You will gladly impart. Yeah, so thankful Father, that You never freak... but are ever present and ready to hear us any moment, or minute, or time of week... Your power to display... whenever we call out to You and seek. O God of the universe, what are You thinkin' about today? And on this planet where are You working?... and how are You? Curious. Please revive and restore. I bow willingly...gladly. Will You put me in the middle of what You are doing? Sure can't hurt to ask You, trusting that You have the best response to my request. Always. Wanna make a difference. Do what You want in and through me.. as I enjoy your presence, Lord. No matter where we go or what time it is, we indeed can depend on Your presence, Jesus. When we come directly to the Father via the Son, there is no waiting line before us—God's ears are always wide open to our pleas for mercy.
"You go before me and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from Your presence!" Ps. 139:7-8 nlt