Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” –Mark 8:34
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. –Colossians 3:12-14
“Oh God, get my eyes off me and let me see the earth as my responsibility. As an intercessor and ambassador, give me compassion and clarity.” –Misty Edwards, Worship Leader and Co-Founder of International House of Prayer, Kansas City, MO
Prayer changes everything. It offers us the opportunity to sit at God’s feet, receive His love and be increasingly molded into His image. Prayer opens hearts and creates opportunities for us to bring God’s image — which is love — to a dying world. Prayer pulls the resources of Heaven down to cause broken hearts to look up and doors to open for grace to rest on people who don’t even know they are in need of it.
Prayer heals our eyes, so that, where we once saw only sin, we can now see desperate need. Where we once saw only hopelessness, we now see God’s compassionate heart looking for prayers to pour through. I’ve heard sayings like: “Prayer changes things.” “Prayer changes people.” “People change things.” But the one I like best is, “Prayer changes everything.”
Each of us is called to pray. With Holy Spirit’s help, we can grow and mature in prayer. Now is the time to focus on God, see His love revealed and cry out for His will to be done.
Our God Hears,