Have you ever felt so distant from God? Or perhaps, you feel like you never had a relationship with Him?
Was there a time when you don’t feel like going to church or praying and you don’t feel His presence anymore?
If you now feel that unexplainable sorrow, frustration, and emptiness in your heart – God is inviting you to come back to Him.
God cares for you. God loves you so much that He doesn’t want you to feel lost. He wouldn’t want you to tread in the wrong direction.
Like the prodigal son mentioned in Luke 15 who realized a life without his father is not worth living, you might be at the same point in your life.
You ask, “How can I come back to God?”
To fully experience His fatherly love and come back to His loving arms, start with repentance.
What is Repentance?
Repentance is the starting point of your new life. It starts when you acknowledge that you have gone in the wrong direction, and would like to turn back now. Repentance is turning away from your sins, rebellious ways and reckless ways of this world, and turning back to the righteous ways of God.
As you encounter God in prayers and in reading the Bible, you will know that His kindness is intended to turn you from sin (Romans 2:4). The good news is, God is so gracious and compassionate! He will not turn His face from you if you return to Him (2 Chronicles 30:9b, NIV).
In fact, your Heavenly Father will meet you the same way the father in the parable met his prodigal son.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20, NIV)
This is God’s heart when you come to Him in repentance.
Change of Heart and Your Daily Walk with God
In repentance, God will also move to change your heart. 2 Corinthians 7:10 gives a glimpse of what real repentance is, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
Worldly sorrow is experiencing fear for having to suffer the consequences of sins, while Godly sorrow is feeling truly sorry for breaking God’s heart. It brings life-changing repentance. Unlike worldly sorrow that brings nothing but spiritual death, Godly sorrow produces fruit and real change in character and in the way you live.
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew 3:8, NIV)
And because only God can change hearts, repentance takes humility and faith. It is confessing and surrendering to God and believing that no one can cleanse you of your sins but Him. It is an everyday journey of seeking His ways, living in His presence, and living out His glorious purpose for your life.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)
Come to your Heavenly Father now. He is waiting to receive you with open arms.
Do you want to repent and find your peace in God? You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 and we would love to guide you and pray for you!