Closer to God Through Prayer

   We live in troubled times.  Things have changed.  Satan, his demons and his minions among humanity have fundamentally transformed our world into a hideous thing that our forefathers wouldn’t recognize.  Troubled times, indeed.  Perilous times have come.
   But, as I’ve said many times before, as Christ-followers, we have nothing to fear.  The worst the world can do to us is end our earthly lives, which would simply send our souls back home to our Lord and Savior.  So we need not be fearful.  Nor should we be riddled with anxiety and worry.  Philippians 4 reminds us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
   We’d do well to follow the instruction of James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”  Our heavenly Father wants a relationship with us — He wants to love us and hold us close to a loving earthly father would love his precious children.  But we’re hard-hearted people, selfish and self-centered ...

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