Sure, I’ll Pray for Ya

A friend sent this prayer request via email:  “. . . In other words please pray that I GET WHAT I WANT and if I don’t, that I can make peace with what I get stuck with.”

I replied: “I pray.”

I pray that she gets what is the right thing in God’s plan. . .and that she can make peace with it.

On Facebook, my niece asked for prayers that she passes her test. I wrote, “Dear God, I pray that my niece studied enough.”

As for me, I don’t pray for stuff I want. I pray for things like having grace when I’m with my brother, for being able to do what God wants when I go on a mission trip to Guatemala.

Praying for stuff (a new car) or specific outcomes (passing a test) seems shortsighted. Praying for things we think we oughta have is like looking out a porthole of the ship and thinking the entire world is water and sky. There’s more to the picture. We just can’t see it all. . . which might be a good thing . . .?

Check out this guidance from Francois Fenelon about how to pray.

“Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; Tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; Tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; Tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil; your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.”

This, to me, is a good way to pray.

About beth

I started this blog in 2011 shortly after I finally opened my heart and mind to Jesus as a last resort. My intent with this blog is to share what I learn and feel along my path with Jesus.
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