Dear Father, When I think about the perfect friend for me and all people, the only per-son Who can truly fill that role is Jesus. I rejoice that Jesus, the Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother, far exceeds those descriptions of “friend.”
I praise Him that He is Almighty God, with all Your power and love to minister as the Friend of all friends. I praise Him that He will never leave nor forsake those who trust in Him, and that nothing can separate us from His love.
Jesus is the “friend who sticks closer then a brother”. He is always our friend, and he does not leave us alone in hard times. We may feel alone, but His love transcends our weakness. That love of Christ is even stronger than the love of a brother that I described earlier.
Jesus set an outstanding example of self-sacrificing love. Self-sacrifice involves unselfishly putting the needs and concerns of others ahead of our own. How did Jesus demonstrate such love? He himself explained: “No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends.” Jesus willingly gave his perfect life for us. It was the greatest expression of love ever made by any human.
God desires to be very personally involved in our lives… if we allow Him to. And we don’t need to participate in any religious practices in order to communicate with God. As He is already as close to you and me as our breath.
He is completely faithful to His teaching in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” through His dying on the cross for us, protecting us, providing for us, forgiving us, teaching us, encouraging us, giving us His strength, taking our burdens upon Himself and much, much more.
What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in pray’r!” I pray that I and all the followers of the Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother will crave an intimate love relationship with Him, and will abide in the fullness of His friendship. And, please give us a deep burden to introduce all of our unsaved earthly friends to our best Friend, Jesus. In His blessed name I pray these things. Amen.