We pray “gimme” prayers

“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.’”  Ezekiel 36:22.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 36-37, Psalm 110, and Revelation 19.

We continue to misunderstand who we are in God’s view.

We look upon ourselves as worthy of His special attention.  We are not worthy!  We have a sinful past, present, and future.

God does things for us to show HIS power not to show our worthiness.  It is grace, pure and simple.

The world looks at the behavior of believers and finds fault and rightly so.  They see our inconsistencies.  They take note of our ungodliness and want no part of what we believe.  We try to sell them on how good we have become with God in our lives and they detect our fraudulence and resist.

All this is because we are selfish.  We are working in our own strength and toward our own goals.  In today’s verse, God calls out the Israelites for the profane ways they live.

So why does He save them?  To display His glory!  It is all about Him.

I am reading “A 12-Month Guide to Better Prayer” and am into R.A. Torrey’s chapter on “Hindrances to Prayer.”  Mr. Torrey hits at our selfishness.  He refers to our asking for the Holy Spirit.  We don’t receive the Holy Spirit because we ask selfishly.  We want the Holy Spirit so that we’ll be better, or that our relationship with our spouse will be better, or that our church will be better.  All nice things but the Holy Spirit is given so that God will receive glory PERIOD.  There is nothing for us.  It’s all about Him.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Thanks for the connection of today’s Scripture with the RA Torrey chapter.  Forgive me for praying for anything for selfish reasons.  You see through those requests for what they are.  To You be all glory.  Your grace to me is amazing.  I love You, Father.”

Selfish prayers will kill our prayer life because everything goes unanswered.


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