Prayer Changes You
Growth,  Marriage

Prayer Changes You

I have been praying for years for my marriage and for my husband. Currently, we are better than we have been in the past, but we still have a lot of growing to do.

Prayer has not fixed my marriage, it has not flipped a light switch to make me a perfect wife or mother, it has not changed my husband into the perfect man, and it has not kept my children safe from making foolish choices. However, prayer has changed my heart and been my only place of true peace and comfort.

We are commanded to pray.

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:18

Instead of worrying over things outside our control, we are again told to pray.

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Even in our worries and our doubts, God tells us to give thanks as we tell Him where our hearts are. While God is not surprised by our petitions to Him, He still says he wants to hear them.

It always causes me to pause when I really think about this. God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it, the God who lead the Israelites through the dessert in a pillar of cloud and of fire, God who sent His Son to die in my place wants to hear me…

Notice also, God wants us to pray rightly.

Praying is not making a wish of a genie or a good luck charm. Prayer is communing with the most awesome and highest power in the universe and learning to align our hearts to His.

In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

Recently I have been confronted with the fact that we cannot completely comprehend prayer. That really, God already knows and has all things under His control. So, what will prayer do for me? If I pray in earnest to God it will change me, help me to grow in Christ’s image, and let my heart better see Him.  

Even before my marriage began to get more stable, my heart found peace in God. Prayer is not a wish and God is not a genie; our circumstances may miraculously change, but more often we will find ourselves changing even with no circumstantial movement. Our hearts will begin to know peace in the storm as we regularly look to Jesus instead of our circumstances to comfort us. We will begin to realize that if we are living for His glory it does not matter what our circumstances look like to us, God will use it to bring Himself glory.

I'm Rebecca, a Christian, wife, and mother of three. I lived wrong for a long time, got pretty well slapped with the reality of how sanctifying marriage and motherhood are, and now I am hoping to help others to hold on to Jesus in all the hard parts of life.

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