Here’s a thought about prayer that I thought some of you might be interested in commenting on. It comes from an outline I put together for a VBS class on Bible study and prayer.
“The single goal of prayer isn’t to gain God’s favor or God’s attention – it’s to gain the involvement of God’s will in our life and our life in the will of God.”
There’s much more to it than what may appear on the surface.
I’m not saying that prayer shouldn’t be used to ask for necessities or to cry out to God through emotional despair or even thanksgiving. I’m saying this in light of the beginning words of Jesus’ model prayer (your will be done on earth…Matthew 6:10) and Jesus’ comments on the Father already being aware of our needs (Matthew 6:8).
We have the attention of God (think John 3:16 for a moment), but the question is, “Does God have our attention when it comes to His will?”
To have our life involved in the will of God and to have the will of God involved in our life should be the primary goal of prayer, should it not? What do you think?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 – NKJV)
“You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.” (James 4:3 – BBE)