PRAYER CHANGES ME
is the ultimate reality check. You can fool some of the people
some of the time. You can fool yourself some of the time. You
can never fool God.
Prayer is a place you go to find out how you are doing. If you
are getting into trouble, you can probably get straightened out
You bring many problems on yourself. So many mistakes seem like
a good idea at the time. A scripture says, "There is a way that
seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are death." Those
words summarize the disasters of countless lives. When your
hormones are talking, there is a way that seems right unto a
man. When you are consumed by greed, there is a way that seems
right unto a man. When you want something you cannot afford,
there is a way that seems right unto a man. The way that seems
right gets you into trouble again and again. You need a
periodic reality check if you want avoid the way that seems
right, and prayer is that reality check.
Prayer clarifies your vision. Prayer isn't asking for a miracle
or trying to make your problems disappear. You pray to discover
the way things actually are so you don't fool yourself and
follow the way that seems right, but ends in disaster.
ALIGN YOURSELF WITH GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
Go out in a boat and toss a line to shore. After the line is
made fast to shore, pull on the line. When you do this, you
don't pull the shore to the boat. Instead, you pull the boat to
shore. That's the way it works with prayer. When you pull on
the rope connecting you to God, you don't pull God to your way
of doing things. Instead, you pull yourself to God's way of
doing things. You align yourself with God's program for your
Most of the time when people pray, they ask God to help them
escape from trouble or to get something they want. While there
is nothing wrong with praying when you are in difficulty, you
would be better off if you would pray in a manner that prevents
you from getting into trouble in the first place. Prayer keeps
you from taking the way that seems right, but ends in misery.
PRAYER DOESN'T CHANGE GOD - PRAYER CHANGES YOU
Once you are in trouble, prayer won't change God. However,
prayer will change you. When you stop trying to make God solve
your problems, and get on with the business of finding out what
He wants you to do about them, you have discovered what prayer
is all about. The purpose of prayer isn't to change God. It's
to change you. You need to pray until you have done an ultimate
reality check and found out where you are and what you need to
You don't need to get God aligned with your program for life.
You need to get yourself aligned with his program. Spirituality
is a very personal matter. God has an agenda and direction for
your life that no one else knows. Nobody can talk to God and
find out his agenda for you. That's your unique privilege, and
it forms the core of your life's adventure with God.
Some people carry an enormous burden of false beliefs about
themselves and about their potential for excellence. They
continually focus on their limitations rather than on their
Prayer helps them detect and eliminate harmful false beliefs.
They step higher and run faster without those burdens on their
back. They discover the truth that sets them free.
Go ahead. Do an ultimate reality check and find out about God's
plan for your life. Then hang on for the ride, because it's
time to max out on God's love.
Excerpt from :
Maximum Strength Positive
Thinking : What to Say When You Talk to Your Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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