I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I am helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time -- waking and sleeping. It does not change God -- it changes me.
I don't know if praying made God make my problem go away or if it was never really there in the first place --- only God knows that for sure --- but I do know I was changed because of praying. Praying gave me perspective. It helped me redirect my thoughts from the fear of the unknown. Praying gave me peace.
Prayer has always been a part of my life, but I have never experienced it's greatest gift until now. I saw a quote last week that really hit home. I wish I could find it again and give credit where credit is due but it went something like this---
It's only when we face a trial empty-handed and make it through, that we realize it was all God's doing.
I now know the truth of those words. I had nothing but God took care of everything and I pray I never forget that lesson.