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March 20 Friendship With God
“Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?”
Its Delights. This
chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with
occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with
God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the
final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly
related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s
will, and all your common-sense decisions are His will for you unless He
checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing
that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at
Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go
boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired
in his relationship to God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say – “Well, I
don’t know; perhaps it is not God’s will,” there is still another stage to go.
We are not so intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as He wants us
to be – “That they may be one even as we are one.” Think of the last thing you
prayed about – were you devoted to your desire or to God? Determined to get
some gift of the Spirit or to get at God? “Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things
ye have need of before ye ask Him.” The point of asking is that you may get to
know God better. “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the
desires of thine heart.” Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding
of God Himself.