The more I pray, the more I see things differently. I see creation differently. I see nature as a creation. I am an ancient cosmologist with eyes on the hands and mind of God.
When I pray I see people differently.
I see people as creative handiwork. I open my eyes while praying and heaven and earth have intersected, intradimensionally. This is common for people who have a prayer life. In the act of praying we gain transformational and eschatological vision.
Philip Yancey writes:
"With this new starting point for prayer, my perceptions change. I look at nature and see not only wildflowers and golden aspen trees but the signature of a grand artist. I look at human beings and see not only a “poor, bare, forked animal” but a person of eternal destiny made in God’s image. Thanksgiving and praise surge up as a natural response, not an obligation."
- Yancey, Prayer, Kindle Locations 383-386
Prayer is not some sad duty but a gaining of perspective. Prayer is an act of recalibration.
Prayer is a creational response.
"Prayer, and only prayer, restores my vision to one that more resembles God’s. I awake from blindness to see that wealth lurks as a terrible danger, not a goal worth striving for; that value depends not on race or status but on the image of God every person bears; that no amount of effort to improve physical beauty has much relevance for the world beyond." (Yancey, Kindle Locations 391-394)
I pray as I type; I type as I pray.
I am a praying type.
As such, I see things differently.