Our attitude in prayer is as important as what we pray. I have heard people tell me I have to remind God-________, or God has to do this. Another prayer I heard was, ‘God make them so sick they change _____. Now let us look at how Jesus prayed, and see the difference.
Matthew 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Here and in the example of prayer Jesus taught, He who is One with God, did not demand a thing, but prayed the will of the Father. In 1 Corinthians 13 it states love does not demand its’ own way. Demanding of God is not according to His will or His way. Boldly approaching the Throne does not mean we should come in and start telling God how to do His job, it is like a child telling a parent what to do, it doesn’t work that way. However in todays society we see this happening to frequently and the children are rewarded, yet does getting their way really help them out in the long run? Given something just because you throw a fit and make demands may get you an immediate result but does not prepare you for when things do not go your way.
One commandment is to honor your mother and your father, does this not include our Heavenly Father? Do we honor him when we start demanding our own way?
Jesus taught a parable on prayer
Luke 18:9-14 King James Version
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Humility is an important key to prayer. It is a good attitude to have when speaking to God, no matter what your request or needs may be.
Please leave any prayer requests in the comments so we can pray for each other and for the needs of our homes, cities, states, churches, ministries, for our leaders, and for any other need we can come together and pray for all these needs.
Here a few local ministries I hope you will pray for, Far Above Rubies, Victory Temple Ministries, W.A.R.M.(Wise Area Relief Mission, Decatur TX) Bridgeport Methodist Food bank, And First Baptist Church of Bridgeport Food Pantry, and Wise Hope women’s shelter and domestic violence task force.