Prayers of Petition

How often do I find myself praying for God to give me something I want, instead of asking for it in God’s will?

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Oh, how I struggle with this. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, The Husband and I have been doing the prayer in the Bible devotion plan from SheReadsTruth. As you can see, we’re a little behind in the plan – we sort of got behind last weekend when we went to the beach.

Anyway, the first part of the devotion focused on prayers of praise – simply taking some time to thank and praise God for the things he’s given you. That’s been a good learning experience for me, because heaven knows it’s easy to cover up all our prayers of praise with prayers of need and want.

Which leads us to the next part…which focuses on prayers of petition. Specifically, praying in petition according to God’s will. Instead of asking God for what we want, we must focus on what His will is. That’s not to say we can’t ask God for what we want…but we need to recognize that what we want and what God’s will is for us may not go hand in hand.

<insert huge sigh here>

This hit home for The Husband and I this morning. We’re in the process of trying to find a new place (we need something bigger for when Baby Bear stays with us), and it’s been frustrating to say the least. We’re coming up on crunch time – and we just found out our realtor is going away for the weekend. So yesterday on a whim we found a place that we love…but there’s a chance it won’t go through. At first I was mad – frustrated and upset and sad and stressed…whining to God and begging him to let his work out…and then we read one of the verses from the devotion this morning.

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’” Luke 22:41-42

Did you catch that part? Yet not my will, but yours be done.

Um, wow.

Even Jesus prayed for something he really, really wanted…(hello, not dying!)…but he asked for God’s will be done, not his own.

And I’m freaking out over maybe not getting a house I really like? Hello, shame and embarrassment.

Why is it so hard to leave things up to God? Clearly, He knows what He’s doing. And yet I still want things my way.

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Thank you God, for this reminder to bring things to you – and not my will, but yours be done. Amen, and amen.

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