Prayer Changes Me
May kicks it all off. Wednesday Night Life wraps up for the summer break. Students are finishing up classes and experiencing the milestone of graduation. Some return home from college and others start searching for a job. Then there are all the grad parties, weddings, camps, clinics, tournaments, vacations, holidays, and reunions to coordinate for summer (give-me-a) break.
With all this activity, it’s important to stay connected to God through prayer. Life on-the-go can be extremely exhausting and our souls need to stay nourished through prayer. In Oswald Chambers’ devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, he writes:
“When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the Biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.”
Prayer is not about getting our way. We pray so that we may know God better and open ourselves to His way. It’s like returning from a summer of traveling. All the driving, turning, bumps and potholes throw the wheels out of alignment with the car’s frame. The technicians don’t bend the frame to line up with the wheels; instead, they adjust the wheels to line up with the frame. Prayer is that everyday realignment with God—my thoughts with His thoughts, my will with His will, my life with His life. Prayer changes me and it prepares me to accept whatever decision God makes. Before your summer hits full speed, make sure you are traveling with prayer. Ask God about the areas you may need to accelerate and the activities you may need to slow down.
Our May kicks off with a rip to visit Newlands in Indiana and the Tarmans in Florida. We would appreciate your prayers as we travel from May 8-18.
Praying in Jesus, Karl