“Search me, O God, and know my heart!” Psalm 139:23 A few years ago, I had the opportunity to lead...
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
There is a children’s book called Snot Stew. If you haven’t read it, let me explain the title. The book is told from the perspective of two kittens. (Of course, things are not always what they seem when told from the perspective of a cat!) A good example is the ‘game’ that children play when they argue back and forth, “Is not!” “Is too!” “Isnot!” “Istoo” “Snot!” “Stew!” Get it? Snot stew!
If we are not careful, our prayer life can begin to mimic snot stew. We become so focused on what we want, need, and desire, that we miss the true heart of prayer. Occasionally, we will branch out and add the needs, wants, or desires of someone who is close to us.
Neither is the way Jesus taught us to pray.
When we look at the model prayer Jesus gives us in Matthew’s Gospel, something comes before our self-focused desires. As we looked at yesterday, we start by allowing ourselves to be transformed. We lean into our relationship with God.
Then, based on God’s glory, on His greatness, and on His majesty—we declare that we want what HE wants more than what WE want. This will be a game changer for many. And this step is vital to improving our personal prayer life! Today is the perfect time to start praying in a God-centered way.
Lord, thank you for being a patient heavenly Father. I know there are some areas that are easier to submit to than others. Continue to show me what it means to focus my prayer on your desires-not my own. Amen.
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