God provides common good for everyone. He hears the humble cries of contrite seekers during distress.
But only those who walk in harmony with God gain access to the full array of his aid.
Walking in harmony with God requires us to be reborn spiritually, to commune with him regularly, and to live according to his precepts as best we can.
Spiritual rebirth occurs when we confess our sinfulness to God, accept the death of Jesus as his payment for our sin, and trust him for our salvation.
An intellectual belief in God combined with a life of good works does not constitute spiritual rebirth. Membership in a family that attends church does not qualify anyone for heaven.
Only those who trust Jesus to be their personal Savior are reborn spiritually.
If you are unsure about your spiritual rebirth, here is a simple prayer that will resolve the matter once and for all. Your exact words can differ, but your humility, contrition, and trust are important.
Jesus, I want to have a personal relationship with you. I am a sinner and you are God. I accept that your death on the cross paid the penalty for my sinfulness, so I could walk in harmony with you. Come into my heart and be my Savior. I trust you to forgive all my sins—past, present and future—and to give me eternal life in heaven. Thank you for loving me all this time. In your name I pray, Amen.
God promises aid and communion in this life, along with heaven in the next life, to anyone who trusts Jesus to be their personal Savior. He cannot lie because he is perfect.
Therefore, a person who sincerely and contritely utters a prayer like this one can be assured of God’s help and fellowship on earth and of eternal life in heaven.
After we are reborn spiritually, God considers us forever righteous in his eyes. He calls us saints, his children, his friends, his heirs, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
If you pray this prayer, record the date and place for future reference. And tell someone you have been reborn spiritually.
After our spiritual rebirth, walking in harmony with God means communing with him regularly and keeping our relationships with him and others in alignment with his principles and precepts, as best we can.
Communion With God
Spend time alone with God each day in prayer and Bible study. Memorize the verses you find meaningful. Worship God corporately in church.
Thank God regularly for the beauty and goodness around you. Submit your requests to him with deference. Refrain from worry. Let God hold your needs and fears.
Honor God with your time, talent, and resources.
Surrender your life to him. Grant him the authority to change your heart and mind as he sees fit. Seek and follow his will in all major decisions. Permit him to reorient your life around his plans and priorities.
Exercise self-control. Do things that please God. Stop doing things that displease him.
Avoid and resist temptation as best you can. When you do fail morally, confess your transgressions to God and repent.
Confession means to agree with God that what we did, or did not do, was wrong.
Repentance means to turn away from our sinful behavior and take steps to walk in harmony with God.
Honor God in your personal relationships.
Accept others as they are, warts and all, without judgment. Treat them as you wish to be treated. Help them as necessary. Forgive them if needed. Do your best to live at peace with everyone.
Be honest. Be content with what you currently have. Do not covet what others have. Give cheerfully and generously to those in need. Minister unselfishly to others, on God’s behalf, in times, places, and ways that are individually appropriate for them.
Be faithful to your spouse if you have one. Uplift them with your praise. Spoil them with your attention. Make allowances for their weaknesses. (This does not require you to stay in an unsafe relationship.)
Be kind to your young children, if you have any. Encourage and protect them. Spend time with them, doing things they enjoy. Help them discover their divine destiny.
If your children are adults, recognize their individual uniqueness. Respect their differences from you and each other. Share your wisdom without criticism. Let God deal with their shortcomings.
Honor your parents to the extent you can. If you are young, obey them. If you are older, forgive their parenting mistakes, accept their eccentricities, accommodate their frailties, and thank them for the good things they did.
Subject to civil and moral laws, submit responsibly to those in authority over you without resentment.
No Quid Pro Quo
Walking in harmony with God does not require him to reward us with physical wellness or material abundance. If it did, every missionary would die old and rich.
Walking in harmony with God positions us to experience true contentment in this life and eternal bliss in the next one.