Recently, in Edinburgh, we were on one of those City Bus Tours. Enroute we went past a church with a sign that said: Prayer Changes Everything.
That got me thinking about how true that statement is. I also, wondered, what exactly does it change? And in what way? Here are some of my suggestions:
I first think of a quote by CS Lewis: “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.” Isn’t that brilliant?
When we pray, we include God in allows. We involve Him. We allow Him space in our lives. Yes, God is there and doesn’t need our “permission” but in “having a prayer life” (a Christianese phrase) we develop our relationship with God.
So when we pray more often, pray as we go – then it’s does something for our own relationship with God.
There is the prayer of thanks. Being more grateful for many things every day – from the bowl of cereal you had this morning, to the cup of coffee you are having, to the giggling of your children, to the ability to feel the warmth of the sun on your arms. To eating a good meal, to see ing butterflies. The sound of the crunching autumn leaves beneath your feet.
There is the prayer of confession – saying sorry. Oh, how we can make mistakes along the way. We lose our cool! We make a nasty remark! We’re harbour bitterness. We consume negativity. We think hateful thoughts. Oh, how we can pause and say sorry. I often ask God, when I lose my patience: Make me better, Jesus.
There is the prayer of asking. Oh I need wisdom and help to get through things. Yes, I can do some things in Darrel’s strength – but how much better it would be, to do all things with Christ. So with youth ministry – I pray for creativity. I pray for wisdom in going through emails and planning.
There is the praying for others. I pray for health and long life for all my family. A I get older, I am so thankful for my fitness and health and I pray that always for my family. That, and provision.
There are lots of prayers. Prayers of healing, prayers of wonder… what could you add to the list?
So, prayer changes everything.
It changes you and I. We begin to see God in our daily happenings. God is here. Right here and right now. Open your eyes. Just talk to Him,
And don’t forget to listen. Sometimes prayers are made, without words.