'...God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases him.' 1 John 5:14 CEV
Reality check: are your prayers ever self-centred? Too many prayers are about our human wishes, not God's holy plans. '...God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases him' (1 John 5:14 CEV).
Three examples of our self-centred prayers: (1) The trivial. We pray for good weather for our day out when maybe it hasn't rained for ages and the farmer down the road needs water! If we remember that our lives are part of God's bigger picture, then our prayers will become stepping stones to wisdom and maturity. (2) The selfish. Listen: '...your prayers are not answered, because you pray...for selfish reasons' (James 4:3 CEV). One young woman at a prayer group said, 'My boyfriend's army unit just got called to the Middle East. Please pray he won't have to go.' It's easy to understand her worries, but her request is a bit selfish. He's a soldier who has signed up for a very dangerous job. Our lives often include risk and hardship, so God promises peace and protection, not immunity and comfort. (3) The controlling. Jesus taught us to pray '...your will be done...' (Matthew 6:10 NIV). Let's not bargain with God. Why ask God to make the people in our lives conform to our wishes, when he doesn't even force them to conform to his? God always answers when we ask 'for what pleases him' (1 John 5:14 CEV).
So what now? God loves you so much and has a great plan for your life. Pray for his will to be done in your life.
Soulfood: Eph 1:1 - 4:16, Matt 24:26-35, Ps 79, Prov 17:24-26