Friday, March 2, 2012

Lenten Reflections on Prayer

“To pray is to change.  Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us.  If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives.”
 Richard J. Foster The Celebration of the Disciplines

We have just entered the Lenten Season, a season of prayer, fasting, and reflection as we prepare for the Resurrection of our Lord.  As we discern and seek God’s face for the direction of this church and our own personal lives, prayer is a must.  God will speak, but we must offer Him the space to speak. 

I love the quote above from Foster; I think sometimes we forget or don’t even realize this simple yet powerful truth concerning prayer.  Instead of prayer being an avenue to change our hearts, we make it a plea for God to change.  We pray, “God do this and do that, change this and change that.”  When it doesn’t happen we become indignant or discouraged.  Could it be God is waiting for us to ask Him to change us and not our circumstances, but our attitudes and perspective?  Jesus understood this concept.  When His disciples asked Him how to pray He responds in Matt. 6:10 “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Yes, God wants us to ask Him for things, but ultimately He desires for our hearts to be in-line with His.  He really is in the business of changing people.  As we enter this Lenten season may our prayers be for God to change us and prepare us for the calling He has at First Baptist; so when He does lead us we will be ready and follow, not begrudgingly, but in faith. 

May God protect us from everything but His glory.  Amen.  (I stole that line from Beth Moore:))

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