Our circumstances may not change…

“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

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Bible Study, a photo by .:[ Melissa ]:. on Flickr.

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.

 

Favourite Music – Rich Mullins – Sometime By Step

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

 

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This song answers so many needs I have when I go to Christian music.  It celebrates creation.  It calls me to faith and to follow.  It stirs my spirit to joy and energy and fortitude.

It also contains a couple of lines which one day I hope to make into a prayer piece:

Sometimes I think of Abraham 
How one star he saw had been lit for me 

This connection between me and Abraham through faith is so inspiring.  Of course I’m not sure my faith is really in his league, but I believe God considers me a descendant of this amazing man of faith, and a child of God.

I haven’t yet found the right person or group to do this piece for, but I hope to someday!