“Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

It seems that most prayers are offered with the hope that God will miraculously change the present circumstances. We have all heard the expression, “Prayer changes things.” What is more true, however, is that prayer changes the “pray-er.” Paul prayed repeatedly for his “thorn in the flesh” to be removed. Instead, God changed Paul. By God’s grace he better responded to his hardship and viewed it from a more redeeming perspective. If given the opportunity, prayer will change you.

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