Saturday, February 09, 2008

Prayer Changes Us

I just read an interesting quote by CeCe Winans:

"They say 'prayer changes things', but the truth is, through prayer, God changes us so that we can change things."

We know the power of prayer as Christians. When we receive an answer to prayer, it's time for great rejoicing because we know the God of the universe wanted to bless us by giving us what we asked for. He loves to "give us the desires of our heart", but there is a condition that we "delight ourselves in the Lord." When our hearts delight in Him, He in turn delights in us.

The Lord has ordained that our prayers play a key role in the carrying out of the purposes of His kingdom. Through prayer we seek His will, surrender to His purposes, and mighty things can be accomplished through faith believing that God will work in and through us according to His will. Therefore, we need to pray that we "be filled with the knowledge of His will" (Col. 1:9). If we prayed that prayer alone for ourselves and our family every day, what great and mighty things could God accomplish through us.

Through prayer, God changes us....He changes our will to match His. Through prayers of confession, we are made clean vessels for God's use. Through prayers of thanksgiving, we are made so much more aware of who God is when we focus on His attributes and character and we begin to desire that we be conformed to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through prayers of intercession, we bring our needs and the needs of our loved ones to the throne of grace for God to intercede and work on our behalf according to His will. Through prayers of surrender, God uses us for His kingdom purposes. We can only change things if God has first changed us.

In this week's Daily Bread, I read this quote: "The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants." Our prayer every day should be that God will conform our will to His and that we will delight Him by living out His will in the power He gives us through the Holy Spirit. A surrendered heart is all that God desires! "Obedience is better than sacrifice."

I pray that you might be filled with the knowledge of God's will each and every day!


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