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prayer and change


I don’t pretend to be a Christian.

many people do, though.

but, prayer is for everyone regardless of how or what people define faith – theirs, or otherwise. it focuses the mind and aligns it with heart and spirit.

I tend to pray most when I want something, or think I need something. I used the word “something” twice in one sentence because the concept of the what ever it is renders itself huge.

just like God.

lately I’ve been praying (or, mumbling) quite a bit because of what’s been happening to my Shockers. I’m going to lose a bunch of them and a dream long worked hard for. it feels like treachery and satan and all that stuff. I face a genuine Kobayashi Maru. however, I know darn well that change can be a good thing. it really comes down to what you make of it. character seems to be part of the definition.

so… I’m pondering the whole prayer thing. my question is now this: do I, or that collective we, pray for the things we think we want or need? Or, does He have us pray to align our minds, heart, spirit and actions with what He wants or needs from us?

my eyes are welling up as I tap these words gently into a keyboard. I’m so incredibly blessed, lucky and fortunate . my family is happy and healthy (other than some challenges with school and grades). business is great. and, I feel pretty good as my training continues. so, that list of positive adjectives could run on for some time. but, suffice it to say that the ball has bounced in my favor many times – and, possibly because I always try to do the right thing.

this post is already being populated by words that I had not planned in advance. so, maybe God is carefully at work, because, as I create this message, I’m thinking my prayer(s) need to be that God have me do the right thing(s), soften my heart, and simply steer me where I am actually needed and wanted. I’ll raise my hand.

I just need a path and an opportunity to be a beacon to light that of others.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

3 Comments to

“prayer and change”

  1. Avatar December 10th, 2010 at 10:59 am Bo Keatley Says:


    Great thoughts… I think prayer is something to connect us to God. When we pray we cannot change God but can only change ourself. I think most people pray when the “want” something and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, praying more for guidance and understanding as to how God wants us to handle a situation is how I see prayer. It’s an opportunity to be humble when we’re done trying to do it on our own.


  2. Avatar December 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Hello Bo.

    I wouldn’t see the point in trying to change God. He’s too big, and we don’t have enough information.

    If change is the objective, a question remains whether it’s us hoping we’ll realize change in ourselves, or our circumstances. But, we still have to ponder if the circumstances driving our prayers are established by God because He wants or needs us to change something.

    In the army, and in life a great view remains: if you don’t like what’s happening change the rules or change the circumstances.


  3. Avatar December 31st, 2010 at 6:13 am where prayer rules convergence « The Unsinkable brian cork Says:

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