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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Prayer Changes Me

"The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." -- the Holy Bible

What good is prayer if things don't change?  This has been a great mystery through the centuries.  Jesus taught us to pray, and we are told that sincere prayer accomplishes much. But what about those times when our prayers don't seem to change much of anything?

Some describe such a thing as 'unanswered prayer.'  But 'no' IS an answer!  Sometimes we must accept that God says no.  But that does not mean our prayers accomplish nothing.  Prayer, in its truest sense, changes ME.  When I pray, my attitudes, my frame of mind, my way of thinking and behaving are changed, even if the situation we prayed about does not change at all.

And the changes that occur in the human heart as a result of prayer are perhaps the most poignant answers of all.

Prayer--"O God, teach us to pray with sincerity and humility.  Point out to us areas where we can grow as human beings and as your servants.  We thank you for the answers to prayer we have received many times throughout life.  But we also thank you for the ways you have changed US although the circumstances around us may not change.  Give us the grace to accept what you grant us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

Song--"Prayer Changes Me." 

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