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Chances are that most praying people have an agenda when they pray.
That agenda is usually to meet some urgent need in their life or the life of someone they know or love, or else it is to call on the God of all comforts to pour out His blessings on the hurting or grieving. If we’re honest, all too often we are praying “thy will be done” when in the back of our mind we are really hoping that our own will would be done – it’s human nature, when people are most afraid, panicked or troubled they turn to God in prayer.
But what if I said that such praying falls a little short of the goal?
Someone once said that “when we pray, we often concentrate on the gifts in God’s hands (specifically the ones we desire) and ignore the hand of God Himself.”
The fact is the our relationship with the Lord begins with a prayer and is sustained and strengthened by continuing prayer thus fellowship and communion with the Lord is perhaps the greatest end and purpose of our prayers.
But there is something more, while our relationship with the Lord is fortified through our prayerful communion with Him He is glorified as He answers those prayers.
A well known preacher once wrote, “Prayer is never an attempt to bend the will of God to my desire. Prayer is to bend me to fit the will of God. When I acknowledge God as sovereign, and when I say, “God, give me my daily bread only if it gives you your hallowed name; God, may my sins be pardoned only if that exalts your kingdom; and God, lead me not into temptation if that lets you be the master in my life;” these things bring glory to God – to enjoy a relationship with and glorify the Lord is the chief end of both our lives and our prayers.
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "A Blueprint for Prayer (Part 1) "When You pray"