Prayer changes things. Prayer changes us. I believe that every Christian and every believer of Jesus Christ would agree. Prayer is without a doubt the most important tool that we have at our disposal.

I became a Christian when I was a teenager. When I became serious about prayer, many things changed for me. I felt different. I acted differently. Even my room, where I would pray, felt different. When I would go into my room to pray, it felt like I was walking on holy ground.

In prayer we can tell God what our joys are and what is making our heart so happy. We can also share with God what our anxieties are. We can share with God what is worrying our heart. We are free to talk to God about anything and everything. No one will understand what we are going through better than God, our Heavenly Father, our Creator.

Prayer is vital to who we are as Christians. In fact, we are called to be a people of prayer. It is my hope that we turn to God in prayer before we do anything else, regardless of what our circumstances might be.

Prayer not only helps us as individuals; prayer helps to bring us together as a community. As a pastor, I have seen and witnessed many miracles because of prayer. I have witnessed people be healed. I have witnessed broken relationships be restored. I have witnessed communities that have had animosity toward each other come together. Prayer works and prayer has the power to change us!

Beginning Nov. 5, Point Comfort United Methodist Church of Point Comfort, located at 92 Wood St. in Point Comfort, will be hosting a community prayer service at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Lolita United Methodist Church of Lolita, located at 94 College St. in Lolita, will be hosting a community prayer service at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Together we will pray for each other, pray for the needs of our community, pray for the needs of our country, and pray for the needs of our world. Please join us. May God bless you all.