DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I memorized some prayers in our church when I was a child, but I haven’t been religious since then. For some reason, however, I’ve had a desire to pray recently, but those childhood prayers seem kind of empty. Can you suggest some other prayers? — M.M.
DEAR M.M.: I’m convinced the reason you have this desire to pray is because down inside, you have a hunger for God, and I hope you won’t ignore it. Instead, may you become like the Psalmist: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God” (Psalm 42:1).
You see, God made you, and he made you because he wants you to know him personally and walk with him every day. When we leave God out of our lives, an empty place is left in our hearts that nothing else can fill. We may try to fill it with entertainment, alcohol, drugs, relationships, money, power, and so forth, but that empty space will remain. Eventually, worldly pleasures leave us unsatisfied and yearning for something more.
God loves us and has done everything possible to bridge the gap between us and fill our lives with himself. That’s why I urge you to turn to Jesus Christ, because he came to tear down the barrier between us and God, a barrier caused by our sin.
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By a simple prayer of faith tell God, in your own words, that you know you need him, and you want Jesus to come into your life. You can be sure God will answer that prayer. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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