When You Pray

Devote yourselves to prayer.
            —Colossians 4:2

The power in prayer is not in the one who prays, but in the One who hears prayer.

When you pray you acknowledge that God is in charge, taking your concerns …

to One who knows more than you;
to One whose answers are better than yours;
to One who can change things that you can’t.

Your prayer is a confession of submission; an expression of acceptance of his answers—or even his silence; an about-face from “My will be done” to “Thy will be done.”

You pray not only to speak, but also to listen—laying before him your concern, while keeping an ear open for his direction.

You pray to lighten your load, for when you pray in faith you transfer your burden to him.

Burden him with whatever burdens you.

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