"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays."
At the core of Christian Discipleship is a life of prayer and thanksgiving. Often times we might shy away from prayer, perhaps out of fear that our requests will go unanswered, or maybe we feel like we are not worthy to ask for God's help. These feelings are natural, but we resist these doubts by leaning into our faith and by trusting in the strength of the Lord.
The purpose of prayer is not to change the mind or will of God, but rather it is a declaration that our will is aligned with his and that we are humble enough to recognize our reliance on him. In prayer we demonstrate action for that which only God can accomplish, and by so doing we bear the cross of our own humanity looking to him who has overcome all. Prayer is more than just a weakened whimper, it is a call for grace and a declaration of the power of God. In short it is the simplest expression of a disciples life. When we pray according to the will of God we do so with confidence that he will bless us with guidance, comfort, and with the powers of heaven.