Pray to See Change

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4). 

Both Scripture and experience teach us that people are naturally inclined to resist changes to long-held customs and traditions. This can be especially true in the church, where it is natural to view our traditions as sacred and to see any attempt to change them as an affront to God himself. The good news is your godly example can greatly increase the impact of your Christian life-style. One of the best ways for us is to develop deep passion for His word and pray with it.

Pray, pray, and pray some more! God alone can transform a person’s heart and move him or her to change (Prov. 21:1). Therefore, prayer is the single most important tool for us as Christians who want to encourage and promote change in the church. The apostle Paul clearly understood this dynamic. He wrote lengthy letters instructing churches in the ways they needed to change. But long before and long after he instructed them, he was on his knees asking God to open their hearts and minds, so they would understand the goodness and glory of God and eagerly cooperate with God’s plans to transform his people both individually and as corporate bodies Eph. 1:18-21; Phil.1:9-11; Col. 1:9-14. You would do well to diligently imitate Paul’s example when you want to see major transformation in every believer’s life.

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