ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER
FRIEND OF GOD - ABRAHAM
(A COMPLETE LESSON)
INTERACTION – In groups of 2-3
V What qualities do you look for in a friend?
V How has someone shown you true friendship in the last year?
V How has God shown Himself to be a real friend in the last year?
V What do you think God expects from you as His friend?
Isaiah 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
For Abraham to be called “The Friend of God” was a real compliment. It is unbelievable that God would want our friendship, but he does. Using the life of Abraham, and other Scriptures, let’s consider what friendship with God means.
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS PERSONAL
Proverbs 27:9 - Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS OPEN
Genesis 18:17 - And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
John 15:15 - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS DEPENDABLE
Genesis 18:18-19 - Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:10 - Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
John 15:13-14 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS INTERACTIVE
John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Proverbs 27:17 - Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY