STOP AND THINK – 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. (C. S. Lewis, 20th century British Christian apologist)

When we face difficulties and dangers, most of us are inclined to pray. “Lord, save us,” may be all we blurt out when we’re in imminent peril. But Lewis is looking at prayer, not as a last-minute appeal for deliverance, but as a necessary communication with God because of an intimate relationship with Him. Prayer doesn’t change God, but it will change the pray-er.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2)