DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know I need to pray, but I dont because Im afraid Ill make a mistake and God will get angry at me. I havent even taught our children any prayers, because Im afraid God wont like them. How can I learn to pray correctly so this wont happen? D.S.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR D.S.: The key is for you to understand in a deeper way who God is and what hes really like, because I have good news for you: God isnt at all like you think he is.
Let me explain this by asking you a question: What did you do when your children first began to talk? Did you get angry at them because they didnt pronounce their words exactly right or talk in long sentences? No, of course not. You were delighted when they first said Mama or Dada because you love them, and you were thankful they were learning to communicate, even if they didnt speak perfectly.
The same is true for God. He is our heavenly father. He loves us and delights in even our simplest prayers. Dont think of God as a stern, unbending father waiting to punish us if we arent perfect. He knows what were like and he wants to welcome us into his presence as his dearly loved children. Jesus said, If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11).
How do we know God is like this? We know it because he sent his son, Jesus Christ, into the world to make our salvation possible. Have you accepted him into your life? Do so today, and then thank God that you can come to him in prayer every moment of the day.
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