Do you pray like a know-it-all?

“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”  Romans 8:26.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 4-6 and Romans 8.

Do we really think that we know what we need?

There’s no way that we do.  Our total vision of things is majorly limited.  We see through a glass darkly.

BUT that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make requests to God!  We need to have conversations with Him.  He is indeed our Father.

If there is a message for me out of this, it is that my requests are often too specific.  I base this thought on the prayer of Jesus for us at the end of John 17.  Few specifics but important generalities.  The same with the Lord’s Prayer, if you reflect on it.

I, too often, want to tell God what to do.  To treat Him as MY servant.  Think how I would speak if I remembered that I am HIS servant.

Conversely there are some very specific things that come along that would encourage very specific prayers.  What I like here is that our God can figure out, and handle, the necessary details for His people.  We can trust that forever!  Hallelujah.

“Lord, You are the way-maker.  Help me to live accordingly.  Help me to call on You but ultimately to follow You.  To eagerly seek Your Will.  To align my will with Your Will so that what I do pleases You.  I love You, Father.”

Are your prayers too specific?

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