DEVOTION: “It is no use to ask God with factitious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with the desire for B. We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us.” (Pg37)
Yes. Remember we were talking about focus a few days ago. Well we’re talking about it again today. Focused prayer. Earnest prayer. Prayers that actually mean something and are part of our everyday lives….prayers that we’re actually concerned with.
It’s an interesting topic for sure. We sometimes get wrapped up in just praying for things that we feel with not change, even though we are praying for them…maybe that comes down to having more belief then focus….maybe.
But I think the point here is that our prayers need to be prayers that we believe in and are focused on. Prayers that we actually believe can happen. Prayers that we are earnest about. Prayers that we want to partner with God on.
I’m not sure I’m really explaining this the way that I want to. Sometimes when I pray, I’m praying for something and yet I know deep in my mind and heart that I don’t really believe it will happen or “come true”. Or…do I really want it to actually happen.
Does anyone else do this?
It’s something in my prayer that I’m not completely “sold” on. Yes, we can ask God for direction, guidance etc…yet, if we’re not ready to make the change….is the prayer really earnest? Do we really mean it?
So, Lewis’ point is a good one. Let’s focus on prayers that we actually want to pray. Prayers that we actually want to see come to fruition.