Prayer isn’t about seeking what we want unless what we want is to be shaped into the image of Christ himself.
Prayer isn’t a secret weapon for eliminating problems or escaping life’s challenges. Prayer is active engagement in spiritual transformation.
James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Paul wrote, “We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Paul also wrote, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Peter wrote, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
Hebrews reads, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
A New Way to Pray
Before asking God to remove a challenge or eliminate a painful situation, ask God to maximize the experience. Rather than a change of situation, ask for a change of heart.
God’s intention is always the transformation of our hearts and minds.
When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we ask God to mold and shape us into the image of Christ himself.