Praying for Change
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Read | James 5:16
Hanging above the door in our
house, my mother's favorite plaque constantly reminded us, "Prayer
changes things." From an early age, I witnessed this powerful truth
through her example. She'd tell me about some difficulties she was
facing and then have me pray about them with her. And later, she'd
always be sure to give God the glory when sharing the awesome news that
He had answered those prayers.
Indeed, this is our confidence:
Anything we pray for that aligns with the Father's plan will be
granted. And the more time we spend with Him, the more we'll come to
understand His will and how to pray for it.
Remember, prayer doesn't change
God's mind, but it does transform the believer's heart. Some requests
are granted immediately, simply because we asked with the realization
that our Father loves to give us good gifts. Other requests may require
time or certain divine preparations before they can be given. We,
meanwhile, must simply be diligent to persevere in prayer.
Whatever the Lord's response or
timing, we trust that He has only the very best in store for His
children. That means we might not receive exactly what we're asking
for, but something even better. Such is God's great pleasure, for He
alone perfectly knows each heart's desire and wishes to fulfill it.
Our most powerful tool for shaping
the world and lives around us is always available. Prayer lets us
witness God's hand in any situation. And as we give attention, time,
and perseverance to conversation with Him, we find no limit to what He
can achieve in people's hearts and circumstances.