Prayer changes us.
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”
Like C.S.Lewis shares, God changes me from the inside out when I pray. My attitude changes, my focus changes, and my heart softens when I pray for other people. Prayer is truly a life-changing experience and knowing God hears my every thought and word encourages my soul!
Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
I collect books on prayer and Max Lucado’s Before Amen is one of my favorite books on the subject.
When was the last time you invited God into your world? When you do, he promises to show up. And he brings a host of gifts: joy, patience, resilience. Anxieties come, but they don’t stick. Fears surface but depart. Struggles come, for sure. But so does God. Prayer is not a privilege for the pious, not the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child.1
—from Before Amen
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1.Lucado, M. (2016). Prayer. Retrieved from: https://maxlucado.com/topic-pages/prayer/#/topic=prayer/