Prayer is not just us giving God instructions and information as we saw last time when we looked at supplication, but is a two-way conversation; it is communication. During prayer we can receive words from God as He speaks into our spirit words of guidance, comfort, and even conviction and rebuke concerning our sin. This is what Jesus meant about being His friend:
14 Ye are my friends , if ye do whatsoever I command you.
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.
He doesn’t just want to be a supplier of goodies, but also to make important things known unto us.
We are on a journey in life and we tend to vacillate from idea to idea. Some ideas are false notions and others are truth. During prayer, God can speak words of understanding and guidance into truth:
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.