Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? -Luke 6:41 (NIV)

How many times have you asked God to change your situation, or to completely remove you from it?

Instead, maybe what God wants you to do is instead get the most out of the situation from you being changed, which then can trigger a change in your situation.

When you’re in a situation involving another person and just wish they would change, thinking that would make everything better, stop to look inward. It’s quite possible that the other person is acting in response to the way you’re acting.

From the always excellent Oswald Chambers:

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.

Read the whole devotional, “What’s the good of prayer?”

We can pray to God to change us, to shape us, to mold us on His pottery wheel, to mend the cracks and make us whole in ways we never could. And with His change in us, we can be catalysts for change in our situations.

Give it a shot, and watch how God can work through you, not for you.