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The ultimate goal of prayer is communion with God and there is no other way to do this than by true prayer. As pointed out, God has given us our needs but amid the worries and thoughts of the world, we fail to see them. The ladder of prayer gives us a way of progressing on our journey to God by stages as we rediscover the way of true life and love. God's Holy Spirit is there to help us to find the way of love, if we approach Him and ask. Our primary need is to love our fellow men - not treat them as enemies as this will hinder our journey. We can only journey together, sharing the ultimate goal with them.
As the Bible says - 'Love your enemies' as a direct command from Jesus. Every so-called enemy is a hindrance on our spiritual journey, and we need the love of God in our hearts to overcome these obstacles, and to see these people in a new light. As it says in the 9th chapter of Genesis (V6)'In the image of God has God made humanity' and we must see God in every person we meet, just as they should see God in us . This course is showing me a new way to proceed to enhance and enrich my life. Although I have much to learn, I am trying to open myself to a closer realization of God's love and life by using the words of Christ through the course to bring a new meaning to His words in the New Testament. As Psalm 108 says, 'God's love is higher than the heavens and his faithfulness reaches to the clouds'. We need to use our share in this love, given to us through Christ, to assist us in climbing the ladder of prayer.
Rev. Derek Kemp
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