I'd like to think I'm an expert pray-er. I can clearly see how my prayers changed things. For example, I have three little kids—not birthed from me — running around my house who are examples of that. Yet the way that my prayers changed the future is different than you think. God is not a genie in a bottle. My prayers weren't effective because I figured out the right words to make God do what I want to do. I used to think that. As a young Christian I'd try all sorts of things:
- praying in the morning
- praying at night
- praying on my knees
- praying out loud
- journaling my prayers
I wouldn't admit it out loud, but I believed deep down if I said the right things, at the right time, in the right way, that God could be swayed.
What I've since discovered is God has good plans for my life. He has hopes for me and a future. And the number-one thing that changes when I pray ... is me. Prayer opens up the connection between me and God. Prayer softens my heart to His will.
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