When I pray for myself what can I ask God to do? Can I ask him to make me rich? Famous? Healthy, wealthy and wise? How should I pray for my needs?
You’ve asked a good question. Most people, whether they claim to follow Jesus or not, are likely to pray for whatever they think will make them comfortable and secure. However, we often are mistaken about what will give us these things. Beyond that, being comfortable and secure may not be what is best for us.
If you are a committed follower of Jesus, your prayers about your needs will reflect a different set of values. You will not ask God for an escape from trouble. You will seek his help in finding the blessings hidden in trials, the wisdom of discerning God’s guidance and the wonders of the community of other Christians.
You should pray to find the blessings in your difficulties. Whether it’s the pain and humiliation of falling on snow-covered steps or the discouragement of a prolonged illness, trials come to make your faith in God stronger. They provide you with an opportunity to grow in grace.
You should pray for wisdom and the ability to discern God’s guidance. There will be times in your life when you need to make decisions and you will not know what to do. In those times, ask God to help you find his way, to do what Jesus would do with the love Jesus would have.
You should pray that God will help you share the wonders of Christian community. You need other believers and they need you. Together you can weather the storms of life and grow through them. Together you can find God’s direction and help each other follow his leading.
What one thing in your life have you hesitated to pray about? If you shift your values to seek the blessings in trials, God’s wisdom and the wonder of community, will it be easier for you to present this need to God? Why or why not?
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