Faith, Fear and Prayer

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    The conflict between faith and doubt is the great reality of the time in which we live. Never before in human history has so much tragedy been witnessed in such vivid display to so many. News events are transmitted via cell phones worldwide as they happen — hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, sickness, murder, terrorism, and every imaginable evil. Even more disheartening are news reports filled with the hypocrisy of those who were supposed to be pillars of the community—faithful shepherds of the church. Their crimes against the innocent have now been exposed and add an even greater burden to the weak in faith. At times like these, doubt can plague even the most earnest Christian. Knowing what God is doing in the earth in preparation for His Kingdom is critical to dispelling fear. A Christian's faith must be built upon a solid foundation of truth in order to survive the storms of life. The Scriptures are filled with prophecies which provide the necessary information a Christian needs to be prepared for the time in which he lives.

    To those who have fully given their hearts to God and who have accepted Christ as their advocate, there is an open invitation to approach the Heavenly Father in prayer for needed grace and help. There is no need of an earthly intermediary—Christ alone is our advocate. But, praying to the Heavenly Father is not a privilege to be taken lightly. The early disciples of Jesus inquired: “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:2) This was an appropriate question, as all followers of Christ should learn that there is a certain manner in which to approach the King of the Universe. Jesus responded: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) Only those who have given their heart to God have the privilege of calling Him Father, and such have the assurance that God has the affection and watch-care of a true father for his child. (See also Romans 8:13-17) But the manner of approach to our Father is one of supreme reverence—“Hallowed be thy name.” Some make the mistake of bringing God down to their level, but the Scriptures are very clear that “the reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalm 111:10 NAS

    Lord bless,

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    Thank you for your commentary RR. The world is changing, and it isn't getting any easier for those on the fringe.

    May Jehovah's will be done...
     
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    Thank you RR, your opening comments about the abundance of violence and terror and despair that we are exposed to is a very astute point. I am in probably one of the last generations who came into adulthood WITHOUT social media; I have a sister 8 years younger than I am whose teen years and early adulthood were FAR different than mine. I think that the presence of the internet has certainly accelerated the events of the last days, or at least made them seem to move faster. Never before have we been exposed to so much information, good AND bad, and I believe it is very overwhelming for our human brains. Emotional and mental struggles are rampant in my sister's generation in a way that I've never experienced. I think this is important to keep in mind when considering how to witness to people in these tough times.
     
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    I can relate Ex. I didn't grow up with the internet either, my kids did. I have 2 step kids as my wife is 14 years younger than me, and they walk around like their on a reality show. iPad and phones stuck to their hands. When they stay with us, I rarely see them except for dinner time, and even then they have their iPads with them, they go to the bathroom with them. I've always said if our enemies wanted to conquer us all they have to do is turn off the WIFI. In fact every so often when I need to know if they're alive ... I turn off the WIFI and within second they jump out of their rooms "What happened to the WIFI?". I look at my wife and remind her that we're doomed if they're the future.

    Lord bless!

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    I had to laugh at your comment about the kids having those IPads, and phones. My wife and I took a plane trip to visit my aunt. While sitting in the lobby, we were watching three kids sitting with their parents. They each had a phone, and were apparently talking to each other, texting. They would look at each other, then text a message. Take a look, then text.We both thought. "What's this world coming to?":eek:

    My wife was having trouble getting the e-phone, she got as a gift, to work. Our 5 year old great grand son told my wife, “Gram-ma, I can show you how it works. Let me see it.” She started laughing. He took the phone from her and started explaining all the screens, etc. She still hates it. I have to keep her from throwing it against the wall. Our main phone is still a land line.

    I know what you are saying about the WIFI issue. My 9 year old great grand daughter asked me for my internet password, so she could access the internet. Ha ha ha, NO WAY!!:rolleyes:

    Regarding the situations going on around the world is; it’s getting worse. It seems as nothing is surprising any more. The only thing I can compare it to is 1968. We lived in the San Francisco Bay area, near Berkeley. I had a friend that was in the Armed Forces with me. He also had moved to the “Bay Area”, and became friends with some of the leaders of the Black Panthers. We “hung out” together at the University of California. There were quite a few confrontations with the Oakland Police. One of the big news items was what was known as the “Peoples Park” incident. They brought in the National Guard to quell the riots.

    Then, there was the assassination of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, etc. I believe that’s when things began to really change. Little subtle changes; almost undetectable. It’s been growing ever sense. It reminds me of a scene from an old Three Stooges movie. “Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch, GOTCH YA!
    https://www.google.com/search?q=step+by+step,+inch+by+inch&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1#kpvalbx=__Vi4X9vhLumt0PEP8e2R8A411

    I live in central California, nicknamed the “Valley of the Jolly; Ho Ho Ho, Green Giant! It is officially the Sacramento Valley. It is one of the creations, of the Flood of Noah’s day. It’s about 200 miles long and 50 miles wide.
     
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    I believe that I am being taught by Christ Jesus and His Father, Jehovah God. My favorite aunt recently came to an end or her life; here on our planet earth. She had my daughters at her bedside when she went to sleep. She had instructed my daughters to give me all her Bibles, books and booklets. I have been reading two of them about prayer, how to pray, when to pray, and how to “pray the word”.

    Recently, I had a desire to learn how to pray, and why it was necessary. My prayers were answered! It falls under the heading: When you feel overwhelmed with too much to do. Here is a short one for everyone. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ( Mt 11:28-30, NKJV )
     
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    Amen...
     

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