November 3

Written by Bill Grandi on November 3rd, 2020

“It all depends on your perspective.” I’ve said it and probably so have you. Jo’s sister had a car that now sits at our place. Circumstances are such that she can’t drive anymore. Like never.  This car is a piece of junk. It has to be one of the worst cars Chevy ever made.  Anyway, Jo went out to start it yesterday to move it and not only was the battery dead, the key won’t come out. I am 6’5″ and I tried every contortion I could think of to try to get my body underneath the steering column to find out how to get that key out (supposed to use a screwdriver to push a button). I couldn’t do it.  I finally walked away….frustrated…disliking that car even more.

What I was doing, in essence, was looking for a different perspective. Here is another I want you to think about: “Prayer changes things.” First, I think it is missing the point. Jesus did not say in Mark 11:22 to have faith in prayer.  He said to “have faith in God.” I read recently about a blind professor in Chicago who once said, “I am whole even though I am blind.” But here is what struck me: He said, “I don’t believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power and presence of God, so I pray.”

I think that’s the key. Prayer doesn’t change things. God’s presence does. Dare I say that prayer is powerless if the power and presence of God are dismissed? No question it is a great privilege to pray, but it is not the prayer but the Presence behind the prayer that is important. God makes the difference. He changes things.

“Father, You are my All in All. It is You I need to look to and honor, not prayer. Help me not to lose sight of that perspective.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wow, Bill! What awesome Truth to wake up to this morning! YES! I’ve disliked the saying, “Prayer changes things” for so long yet couldn’t verbalize why I felt that way. YES! That is it! PHEW, I’m stoked! Thanks, Bill!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Can I use you for publicity for my blog Diane? With that sort of excitement it will draw a lot of people. LOL Just kidding, of course. Thanks for the excitement and glad I got you stoked for your day.

  2. It is God’s presence that gives power to our prayers.
    Blessings, Bill!