BY DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
“Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
How often have you prayed for things to change while you remain the same? In her book, Lessons in Truth, H. Emile Cady said that one of the major causes of suffering is “the stubborn refusal to change.” Once transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you are empowered to change the things in your life (Romans 12:1-2).
Prayer changes people and changed people have the power to change things. God has given humanity the authority to change the planet for the greater good of all (Genesis 1:26-28). When you connect with your divinity through prayer, you feel motivated to make a difference and use that energy to answer questions, solve seeming problems, and bring resolution to issues.
Prayer does not change things. Prayer changes people, and people change things because people are a part of systems. Your family is a system, and, when you change through prayer, your family system changes. Your friendships are systems, and when you change through prayer, your friendship system changes. Your business or job is a system, and when you change through prayer, your career system changes. Your school is a system, and when you change through prayer, the educational system changes. Your neighborhood is a system, and when you change through prayer, the community system changes. Your local assembly is a system, and when you change through prayer, the religious system changes. The government is a system, and when you change through prayer, the political system changes.
As we end 2020 and move into 2021, allow yourself to be changed through the power of prayer so that you can be a change agent for the community, the city, the country, the continents and the cultures of our day.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.