Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth.
(Psalms 25:4–5, NIV)
When David prayed, “Show me … teach me … guide me,” he was describing the process that prayer takes us through. When God shows you His standards and His will for your life, it requires you to grow and change. Once you accept what God wants to show you, He is able to teach you. And when you are teachable, He’s finally able to guide you into His plan and purpose. When God shows you, He has your heart. When He teaches you, He has your mind. When He guides you, He has your hand. When you pray, you grow to meet the very challenges about which you are praying!
In 1924, a group of climbers tried twice to get to the top of the world’s tallest mountain, but failed. In fact, two of their party were killed in that endeavor. They met in London a few weeks later to talk and give a report to a crowd of interested supporters. On the stage was a large picture of Mount Everest. One of the men stood up to speak. As he addressed the crowd, he turned to the picture of Mount Everest and said, “You have conquered us once, you have conquered us twice, but Mount Everest, you will not conquer us next time.” Then he turned to the audience and with determination said, “You see, Mount Everest can grow no larger—but we can!”
Prayer may not change your circumstances, but you can be assured, it will change you!
(Read John 16:23–24)
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 275). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.