There is a beautiful quote by C.S. Lewis in which he says, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time—waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God—it changes me.” Yesterday, I found that to be the case as my mood changed, thanks to answered prayers for help, from one of gloom to one of gratitude.
I was “just having one of those days.” I was in a rotten mood. No matter how hard I tried to shake the gloom on my own, nothing worked.
I believe nothing was working because I was trying too hard on my own.
But as soon as I opened up my heart to say a little prayer to ask for help, I found I had resources right in front of me. I let God lead me—and He led me to the laughter, love, and kindness that comes from friends and family. Before I knew it, my mood was starting to lift. It may be just one small example, but I believe that the change was definitely due to an openness to God and prayer.
There was a time in my life where I felt like I had to do everything on my own. But that is not a good way to live. I needed God, and so yesterday, I prayed a simple prayer one of my friends taught me, “Jesus, help me.”
When I ended the day, I felt a deep sense of gratitude for the gifts God had given me during the day—most specifically—the people in my life.
Have you ever had a bad day that was turned around by prayer? Or do you feel God gave you certain gifts to help you through rough times?