263. Praying: It’s Not All About Me

“Stan,” I said one morning, “I am frustrated in that I am not seeing any answers to my prayers.”

“Not seeing any answers?” Stan replied.  “Maybe you are looking in the wrong place.”

“Wrong place?” I responded.

“Could be,” Stan said.  “For way too long, my approach to my prayers to and with God was focused purely on telling Him what I wanted.  I didn’t go deeply enough in my prayers to be praying in accord with what He wanted.”

Continuing, Stan said, “My prayer life really changed when I got to the point of realizing and accepting that I am to pray in accord with God’s will, not my own.”

“Allowing God to lead me in what I pray not only eliminates the frustration of prayers seeming to go unanswered, but also allows me to more freely pursue knowing Him and His will.”

Continuing, he said, “If my approach to God is from the standpoint that He already knows what is on my heart, and that He knows far better than I do what is best for me, I find that I can focus my prayers much better on seeking Him, not just what I want from Him.”

“So,” I responded, “is it fair to say that the different perspective with why you are praying really freed you in how you pray?”

“You are right, my friend,” Stan replied.  “It freed me to pursue the most important reason to pray, which is to gain a greater knowledge of God.”

“I have to remember it is not all about me!” Stan said with a smile.


Not my will, but yours be done.  Luke 22:42.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you in prayer.  Thank you that you want me to pray in accord with your will and to be obedient to your will in all things.  I ask that you forgive me for all of the self-focused prayers I have lifted to you.  Please, Lord, open me to see and to follow only what you want for me in my prayers with you.  Please help me to be real in saying that I want only your will, and not my own.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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