Prayer is not meant to change God's mind, but to change us and align our thinking with God's. When we begin our prayer with praise, we take the focus off ourselves and fix it on God. When we pray for God's will to be done, we take the focus off our desires and fix it to God's desires for our lives.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Purpose of Prayer.
In order to hear God speak through prayer, we must allow ourselves to think beyond our limited knowledge, to see beyond our limited vision, and to believe beyond our limited understanding. Prayer turns our focus toward God and allows Him to rearrange our priorities. It is more than unloading our burdens and enumerating our desires. Prayer sets our agendas. Did you ever notice that Jesus didn't set His agenda and then ask God to bless it? No, He did only what the Father told Him to do.