“In my relationship with God,” Stan began, “it is real important for me to recognize that I don’t have all of the answers.”
“All the answers about what?” I asked.
“Everything that God has for me,” Stan responded.
“For example,” he continued, “in my prayer life with God it is essential that I approach Him from the standpoint that He already knows everything about me, what is on my heart and mind, but that I do not know all of what is on His heart and mind.”
“My prayers are to focus on God, not on me. He knows what I want and need. I don’t have to tell him.”
“What I have to do,” Stan continued, “is admit to myself that I don’t know everything. Then I have to empty myself of everything that says I do know. That is to be followed by coming before God totally empty, asking Him to fill me with all He has for me.”
“All He has for you in what way?” I asked.
“All, as in everything, Stan replied. “All God has for me to be and to do, so that His purposes are accomplished in and through me.”
“His purposes,” Stan emphasized, “not mine that are apart from His.”
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. Matthew 7:7.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you in prayer. I confess all of the times I come before you selfishly, seeking only what I want apart from what you want and what you have for me. Please forgive all of those self-focused prayers. And please lead me in the importance of acknowledging that the only way I can know, understand, receive, and embrace all you have for me is to empty myself totally of everything that is contrary to you and contrary to what you have for me. Help me to be emptied of self and thinking I know all I need to know of and about you. Please, Lord, fill with you and all you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.