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Prayer changed me

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The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

— Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)

The caption read, “Even your eggs are happy when you start your day with prayer.” The picture showed a carton of eggs with happy, smiling faces. It caught my attention and made me realize how prayer changes us.

Too often when I pray, I give God a to-do list. Or I rush through my prayer time with empty words. Genuine prayer comes from the heart, with words that show our love, respect, and praise for our savior. Prayer involves both speaking and listening. As we learn to listen to God, we gain a clearer understanding of scripture. Prayer can deepen our relationship with God in many ways.

My prayer today may not change my immediate painful circumstances, but it can change my outlook, in much the same way that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Rom. 5:3-4). Beginning each day with God can bring spiritual change to our lives and be so refreshing that it puts a smile on our face.

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