Once again, it seems a specific theme continually presents itself in my reading: What am I seeking as I interact with the Lord?
I must confess, I spend a lot of time seeking things. Maybe not physical things, but specific results to my prayers. Rain or sunshine when it is needed. Financial provision. Productivity. Health. Rest. Equipment to work. Provision of some sort. Perfect timing. These are the things I pray for on a regular basis, both for myself and for others.
But is that really how I should be praying? Oh yes, I do believe that God meets our needs. Our physical needs. Our need for things. But, when we learn of prayer in Scripture, is the goal really to get needs met?
No, it’s not.
Every aspect of Scripture points to the truth that our prayers, our obedience, our very purpose in life are all intended to grow our relationship with Jesus Christ. If I see a prayer answered but do not allow it to draw myself or others closer to Christ, then it has not truly accomplished its purpose.
What if I were to pray with that purpose in mind at all times? How would it affect prayers for myself? For others? How would it change the way I view other people were I to ask God to draw them closer to Himself above all else?
God works in our lives to glorify Himself and deepen our relationship with Him. My prayers will be most effective when I line them up with that purpose.