My friend, may I ask you a question? Often, when we pray, do we tend to give God our prayer ideas, rather than stopping to take the time to give ourselves INTO prayer through Him? The fact is that sometimes we just lack the wisdom to know what to pray for?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
When I was a little boy, I remember praying this prayer, “Dear Father whom I cannot see; smile down from heaven on little me. Let angels through the darkness spread, their holy wings above my bed. And keep me safe because I am, the Heavenly Shepherd’s little lamb. Amen.” I must have prayed this prayer a thousand times. It’s sing-song harmony still echoes in my mind after decades. With the passing of many years and the addition of adult needs, my prayers have changed. Now they are not so much recitations as they are well thought-out petitions. Yet, despite this maturity of thought, there’s something that my adult prayers do share in common with those of my boyhood. My prayers most often won’t be answered exactly in the way that I have planned. Why? The fact is that sometimes I just lack the wisdom to know what to pray for.
Often, we tend to give God our prayer ideas rather than stopping to take the time to give ourselves INTO prayer through Him.
Here’s a story: During the American Civil War over 600,000 soldiers died, but a heartfelt prayer that survived was this prayer of an unknown Confederate soldier: “I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for; almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among all men, most richly blessed. (Victor Yap, Sermoncentral.com)
Thank goodness that God is more discerning that we often are, that He does not answer our prayers with what we believe we might need. As we grow in wisdom and spirit, perhaps a good petition to add to our daily prayers is this: “Teach us to be discerning in our prayers that “your ideas might be my ideas.”
We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us to pray, O Lord. Since prayer is one of the most powerful ways that we can stay in touch with You, give You our love and offer You our worship, help us to be better prayer warriors, able to bring everything to You in prayer we ought to, in a way that is discerning and not must rote and routine. Forgive us Father when we pray from habit and not the heart. Help us to understand that although prayer may sometimes be spontaneous, it is often thought out, planned and offered up to You as a sweet sacrifice to Your grace and mercy. Teach us to pray O Lord that we might render our prayers into the powerful tools that You always meant them to be. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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