The Wrong Way to Pray

Often we pray for God to change our circumstances. I have done it and you have too.
Meanwhile, God might have orchestrated your circumstances so he can change you.

So, instead of asking for things to change so we can be happy, maybe we should ask, ” Lord
help me to see how I need to change in my present circumstances”.

Living by faith as we follow Jesus is not a “get-out-of-jail-free-card”. How indulgent of anyone
to beg God to make things better while that person is still involved in sinful behavior and still making
stupid decisions.

Never forget that many of God’s most useful servants found themselves in big time trouble. Even
when you are doing your very best to be what God wants you to be and when you are “faithing” it
best, your circumstances will often be undesirable and difficult.

So what is the answer? Live every moment in recognition that God is sovereign, that His love for you
is unchanging, and trust Him with the same fervor in darkness and in light, in the valley and on the peak
of the mountain. “In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. If we work on
conforming our ways to His ways our current circumstances will matter less and less and He will matter more and more.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3)

Royce Ogle
Monroe, LA

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