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Prayer Changes Everything, But Prayer Doesn’t Fix Everything

Here’s what prayer does do… Prayer changes everything at work in any given situation, making possible either a miraculous and instantaneous deliverance or the slow, progressive change and growth necessary for overcoming adversity.

Handling life without prayer is like playing basketball with a flat ball. It just doesn’t work. And we expect prayer to make us pro players who never miss a shot overnight. But prayer really gives us an inflated ball—better equipment, better skills, better opportunities, more strength and speed and stamina—so the game becomes winnable.

Prayer isn’t a magic formula that instantly and easily fixes everything.

But prayer is definitely powerful to change the variables of any situation to which we apply its power.

Prayer changes everything!

This article originally appeared here.

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Brandon Cox is Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church, a new church plant in northwest Arkansas. He also serves as Editor and Community Facilitator for Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastor's Toolbox and was formerly a Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In his spare time, he offers consultation to church leaders about communication, branding, and social media. He and his wife, Angie, live with their two awesome kids in Bentonville, Arkansas.