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ROLIM Devotionals

John 17:9 - Keep Praying
by: Pastor Shane Torres
date posted: 10/13/2009 4:32:11 AM

John 17:9
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

Prayer changes our lives. To say that another way, when you move closer to God, your life changes. Have any of you experienced that to be true in your life? Have any of you had your life changed because of your relationship with God? I have. When we move closer to God, our lives are changed! So, if prayer helps us to move closer to God, and keeps us close to God, prayer changes us! I heard that idea expressed years ago in a phrase you might have heard: Prayer changes things. Prayer changes you.?

I am told that there is a shrine in France where people go to pray for healing. A war veteran who had lost a leg appeared at the shrine sometime after World War II. As he hobbled his way along the street to the shrine, someone said, ?Look at that silly man! Does he think God is going to give him back his leg? The young man overheard the remark, turned toward the speaker and said: ?Of course I don?t expect God to give me back my leg. I am going to pray to God to help me live without it.? Our relationship with God changes our lives. It helps us to live from day to day.

I have heard stories all my life of how people were changed when they gave their lives to God. I've heard of people with serious problems ? drug abuse, alcoholism, and other addictions ? who changed completely when they gave their lives to Jesus. I've heard of people who were just plain mean becoming gentle souls after giving their lives to God. If you talk to Christians who work with prisoners, they will tell you stories of how even the hardest of criminals change when God comes into their lives. When we move closer to God, our lives change? our attitudes, our prejudices, our desires, our values, all change when we move closer to God. Prayer helps us to move closer to God. Prayer changes us.

Keep praying brethren!

Pastor Shane, Sis. Rose and Kayla

 

 


 





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