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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
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