Romans 5:6-11 NLT
 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Reflection . . .
Christ died in our place. We have forgiveness and redemption through Jesus Christ. That relationship gives us access to God the Father, to be in right standing before Him. We are now friends of God. What does that mean?
It means that we can depend on God to be for us in all things!
“This passage reminds us that our reason to rejoice is not only that our future salvation is assured, that we’ve been delivered from eternal punishment, or that Christ died for us while we were still his enemies. Certainly that would be reason enough! But we also rejoice because in the present, right here on earth in the midst of where we are—today, tomorrow, and all the days we are alive—we can enjoy a wonderful new relationship with our heavenly Father. This is not a distant relationship but a close, intimate one. We are blessed with this intimacy because the finished work of Christ removed every barrier standing between the Lord and us and restored our relationship so that we could be friends of God. We did nothing to accomplish this; we receive it because of what Christ did. Think of it—friends of the Almighty! If nothing else is going well today, we still have great reason to rejoice.”1
The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God.Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)