How to See Change in your life through prayer.
Christian devotions have the power to transform you when you approach them in the right way.
Will Power Worship – How many times have I set my will to do better, pray more, and eat in a healthier way? Can we change ourselves? Exodus 31:13 God is the Sanctifier, Jehovah Mekadesh. Only He can help us change.
Surrender – Without realizing it I end up worshipping my own will. There is a key to transformation so simple that we often miss it. Change has to do with being simple enough to just wait in God’s presence. It is an act of surrender, faith and love. When God set me free from drugs, I had tried daily for six months to get clean. All my efforts amounted to continual defeat. Freedom came when I became weak enough to surrender. Surrender opens the way for faith as I yield my independence to trust God instead. The surrender and faith produce love in my heart as I look to God and He does for me what I cannot do for myself.
Waiting on God – The very act of waiting on God in prayer has a purifying effect. I give of my time to Him by faith and in love, not to receive anything from Him but simply to express my devotion to Him. Of course, when we give of ourselves to God we do receive; however, I believe the greatest maturity and purifying take place when we remain faithful even in the dry times.
Foster – Listen to the wise words of Richard Foster in the Celebration of Discipline: “We have only one thing to do, experience a life of relationship and intimacy with God. We rely on our willpower and determination; we pray against our habits, fight against it, set our will against it. But the struggle is all in vain, and we find ourselves once again morally bankrupt or, worse yet, so proud of our external righteousness that whitened sepulchers is a mild description of our condition. The moment we feel we can succeed and attain victory over sin by the strength of our will alone is the moment we are worshipping the will. Willpower will never succeed in dealing with the deeply ingrained habits of sin. Heini Arnold concludes, ‘As long as we think we can save ourselves by our own willpower, we will only make the evil in us stronger than ever.”