Prayer—with traction

For traveling over rough terrain, there's an option available in some cars and trucks called 4WD—four-wheel drive. When you encounter mud, snow, or ice, you can shift into that mode and have more traction.

Most of us have probably felt at one time or another that we could use some 4WD in our lives. We're working quite hard, but we just don't seem to be getting anywhere. We may even be praying the best we know how, but it still feels as though we're spinning our wheels.

If we feel that way, it may indicate the need for a basic shift of viewpoint. This change of view is vastly different, though, from just pressing a button. It takes a willingness to put our whole heart into the effort. But this willingness can bring substantial changes in the way we view prayer and in the effectiveness of our praying.

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