“Our circumstances may not change as a result of our time in prayer, but we will be changed. The problem or crisis we’ve prayed about – the chronic illness, the shattered relationship, the financial struggle – may still be there. But something will be changed within us: the inexplicable peace of God will displace our anxious thoughts.”
from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. Stedman
Our tendency is always to ask God to change the world in answer to our prayers. But sometimes it is much more fruitful to ask Him to change us, to change our hearts, to change our expectations. I often find that, when I am feeling lost, alone, overwhelmed by things in my life, prayer helps me remember that God is always beside me. If I feel alone, it’s because I am facing the wrong direction. I need to remember to turn around, and see the loving Father who is always there.