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One of the most frustrating things I think I’ve ever encountered as a Christian is praying for someone who seems to only drift further and further away from you in the process.  No explanation, no anything.

God is merciful, though.  Other friends of mine who are seemingly far from God are brought near by the Spirit’s work and come to repentance.

I’m thankful that our great God and Savior is one who brings sinners near…even me.

And yet, I need to hear the Savior’s call…”pray and do not lose heart.”  So often, I lose heart.  These words are an encouragement to me.  I love that Christ has given his Church this wonderful encouragement.