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  • Writer's picturePastor Mark Farley

Praying or Demanding?

What’s your motive?...

This question was given to me years ago as I was learning how to pray, and I still use it to this very day.

The suggestion is to pray to WANT what I GET and not to pray to GET what I WANT.

I can’t tell you how many times over the years I have become confused and have prayed TELLING God about a desired specific outcome with detail, based on my thoughts, emotions, and motives on getting that specific result instead of becoming open and willing to learn God’s will for me and the lesson I need to learn for the situation causing me to pray.

When I pray for understanding and wisdom, things go well.

When I pray for specific things focusing only on how those things will make me feel, well, …

I am still waiting!…

Think about that today and please…

Check your experience…

“…praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Big Book pg 59

Lord, let us pray to understand Your will for us in the requests we make instead of demanding our own way, AMEN.

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3

Have a blessed day y’all!

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