"And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad) about Me, tell them I am very close to them. I answer the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on Me . Therefore they should respond to me and believe in Me, so that they may be rightly guided". 2:186
A heart touching verse from the Quraan, where God is so lovingly telling each one of us, you can call on Me directly and I reply, you dont need anyone in the middle in order for your call to be conveyed to Me. You are never alone, and I listen to you direct whenever you call out for help and I respond and I guide.
Allah said elsewhere `I am as My servant thinks of Me, and I am with him whenever he invokes Me.' [Hadith Qudsi]
This is how each human being has a very direct link with God, a God-man relationship on one to one basis, without the need of having any middleman. It is a relationship of love and fear, and the fear is that of having God get angry because of our bad deeds. But as we confess to Him, feel guilty and vow never to repeat those things again (and sincerity of the heart is the key) we are forgiven and become as pure as a newborn.
“Whoso does evil or wrongs his own soul, then seeks pardon of Allah, will find Allah Forgiving, Merciful.” 4:110
This is the relationship that all the prophets were sent to establish between the people on the earth and their Creator in the heavens. To help them understand God and to remove all the misconceptions they kept forming about the nature of God.
As like in the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the people of Makkah were worshipping stone idols, even though being the followers of prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) this was all far from making any sense. When asked why they worship and pray to these stone statues who cant even move or respond, their response used to be that we worship the one true God but these idols are our way to him, as these statues are those of the people who were righteous and closer to God, while we are imperfect. This was their self justification without having any proof to support their notions.
But Islam again established the right idea about linking with God, based on absolute belief in Him and His ordained way of life. You want to talk to him, you feel bad, you are hurt, or may be guilty for doing something really wrong, just raise your hands and ask him humbly and sincerily to help you and forgive you. You will find him ever Merciful.
God doesnot expect perfection from us, He accepts us as we are. Aren't we created by Him? He knows our sinful nature, BUT He wants us to keep making ourselves better and keep turning back to Him because that is the test.
Who has created death and life that HE might try you -which of you is best in deeds; and HE is the Mighty, the Most Forgiving. 67: 2
And this is how close God is to us:
And assuredly, WE have created man and WE know what his mind whispers to him, and WE are nearer to him than even his jugular vein. 50: 17.
So never get tired of praying to God and seeking His forgiveness. We can only find peace by being close to God and making a conscious effort towards that. Doing all the stuff we do daily in our busy lives, stay linked with God. Keep calling on Him as He says 'I am near'.