Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the P-Word, prayer, how to pray, why do we pray? etc. This was sparked because the other day I was talking to my roommate and she made a comment about how people only pray when things go wrong in their life. This is a really poor view of prayer. Prayer shouldn’t be a sporadic thing, it should be a constant in your life. It shouldn’t be a list of requests or a “to-do” list for God. Then I stumbled upon this C.S. Lewis quote that explains prayer perfectly:
“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.” C. S. Lewis
Prayer isn’t about changing God’s mind or getting something from Him, it’s a way for us to become more like Him. Prayer is God’s way of changing, shaping and molding us. This morning I was reading in the psalms and some verses really stood out to me so I started praying them. I have found that praying Scripture, praying God’s truth, is one of the best ways to pray so that God can change me. I encourage you to incorporate Psalm 86:8-13 into your prayer time.
So, are you allowing God to change you through prayer, or are you just going through the motions?