Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
Exodus 33:11 ESV
Every year, a couple of my best friends and I have a tradition of staying in a mountain cabin. Our wives are nice enough to take the kiddos and let us hang out in the woods.
One of my favorite things is when we talk late into the night around a fire.
We touch on deep things, funny things, unbelievable things. And there’s an easiness to our conversation because we’re all so genuinely interested in (and invested in) each other’s lives.
We each look forward to this trip for months, and are always bummed when it’s over.
I share this story because of today’s verse. This is how you could describe Moses’s and Joshua’s prayer life! And did you know that it’s available to you too?
In his wonderful book, The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life, C. H. Spurgeon wrote of prayer:
It may be stated this way: you have prayed well if you have spoken to God as a man speaks to his friend.
We love being with people we care about. We try to spend as much time with them as possible. And it never feels like “work.”
Our prayer relationship with God can and should have this same quality.
Next time you pray, set your mind right with these ideas (please share them with someone who needs them):Talk with God like you would a dear friend. Don't simply ask for things, as if God is a cosmic vending machine. Listen. Click To Tweet Look forward to prayer time as if you're meeting your best friend. God loves you and has much to say to you. Click To Tweet Imagine you're going to coffee with God. What would you want to know about him? What would you ask him? Start your next prayer time with those questions. Click To Tweet
Just don’t forget to listen!
Pray like Moses and Joshua, today.