Equal access to God

Some things come very naturally to us. When we see someone having trouble with a task, we usually ask if we can lend a hand. If a child is crying, even if we don't know the youngster, we feel a natural urge to comfort and reassure. And if there is conflict and threat to life as there is in the Middle East, men and women quickly discover how persistently the need for reliance on God reaches into the depths of their lives.

A friend who served in the military during wartime told me about the development of prayer that had taken place in his own life one night. He was assigned to go out on a presumably dangerous patrol under the cover of darkness. At first, he said, his response was one of praying for his own safety. But as the night went on he found his prayer deepening and broadening. He began to pray as earnestly for the welfare of those who were with him as he had for his own safety. The night's vigil, however, didn't stop there.

Before the night was over he began to feel the presence and power of God as infinite Truth and Love. This led to the recognition that all people in their true spiritual selfhood are the children of God, spiritually reflecting His government. At this point his prayer really broke through the darkness and fear that had gripped him, and what he discovered stayed with him throughout the rest of his overseas assignment. In fact, he was able to bring counsel, comfort, and healing to many.

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April 8, 1991

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