I noticed something the other night while a group of friends was praying for the needs in Haiti. We were different when we said our amen. Among other things we were less self-centered and more other focused. As I have talked with a some of those who were gathered that night, they have shared how much more aware they are of the situation. Some said they have been looking for ways to be involved in the relief effort.

I often struggle with how to pray. Christine Sine over at GodSpace wrote, “Sometimes we do not have the words within ourselves to know how to lift needs like this to God.”

Upon writing two prayers (which you might like to read), she said,

“. . . you might like to recite these prayers I wrote this morning as I was praying for Haiti.  They helped me to focus my prayers and move closer to God.  I find that the words keep revolving in my mind as I listen to the news and watch the images still flowing out of Haiti.”

I plan to lead our church to pray these prayers together on Sunday as we corporately focus on the needs in Haiti.

My friend Ken Ansell joined the conversation when he commented on More Ways to Respond to the Earthquake. He said,

I feel my role is to pray, knowing prayer is powerful and that God can work where I am not.

Will you join us in praying for Haiti? God will change our lives so we look a little more like Jesus.

“To pray is to change.  Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us.  If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives.  The more we pray, the more we come to the heartbeat of God.  Prayer starts the communication process between ourselves and God.  All the options of life fall before us.  At that point we will either forsake our prayer life and cease to grow, or we will pursue our prayer life and let Him change us.” – Richard Foster

Grace and Peace,

P.S. What are some ways God has transformed you through prayer?

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