The most important lesson I’ve learned to date is that God is not only alive, He is active in our lives today. Let me be clear here: I’m not talking about some mystical direct operation of the Holy Spirit, miraculous gifts, or guardian angels walking among us as many today believe. For many years I had a knee-jerk reaction to these scriptural misunderstandings and refused to recognize what could not be explained in any way other than God’s providential care in my life and in that of others close to me. This knee-jerk reaction negatively impacted my faith and thus my prayer life. This realization has brought me so much closer to God and has deepened my faith and ability to trust in God beyond my wildest dreams.