The prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked.  But this is a most dishonouring and degading conception.  The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires.  No, prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seemeth Him best.

—Arthur W. Pink

  1. Stan says:

    The prayer of the righteous is His delight because they understand what things to ask of Him. They confine their physical needs to the basics of life such as what things the term daily bread indicates. Also, they know to ask such things as “Thy Kingdom come” or “grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You,” or “fill us with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and insight,” or “bless all men and their authorities that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in godliness and dignity for you would have all men to be saved,” or “send forth laborers into your harvest,” or “forgive me of my sin,” or “incline my heart to your testimonies and not unto covetousness” as in Ps 119, and many more such as these that the Word of God shows us.

    People too often ask amiss with a gimme attitude which is obnoxious to God which makes them adulterers and adulteresses in His sight as James 4 says. Those who primarily seek temporal happiness from God are asking to be judged. If God grants those things, they should be worried that He is giving them “their comfort in full.”


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