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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Confession and Satisfaction
We have said these things not because we doubt our Confession. For we know that it is true, godly, and useful to godly consciences. But it is likely that there are many in many places who waver concerning matters of no light importance, yet do not hear teachers able to lead their consciences to peace.
Pulling It Together: The only one who is able to heal you, restore your soul, and give you peace, is near you right now. He is “at hand.” So there is no need for anxiety. Make your requests; God is listening. He has promised to hear you, so you are enabled to pray with full assurance, resting in God’s promises to love and care for you. Even when it feels like God is not near and they cannot understand why he even would be, people of faith trust in his presence and providence. Their hearts and minds are kept in Christ, despite momentary appearances. They are at rest through faith in Christ, even when they have been less than faithful, knowing that God’s promises are based on his righteousness instead of their own.
Prayer: Help me, O Lord, to always remember your nearness. Amen.
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