How would you characterize your prayer life? What is your attitude towards prayer? Do you tend to see prayer as the vehicle to Jesus, who is like some genie in a bottle that we command to give us our wishes? Do seek God’s hand more than you seek his face?
Some though provoking questions to evaluate your prayer life. Below is letter attributed to a Civil War soldier. This note was found on his dead body after the Battle of Gettysburg.
This soldier expresses God’s prayer priorities and the ultimate desires of the heart shaped by the Holy Spirit.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might humbly learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things
I got nothing that I asked for,
but everything that I hoped for
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered
I among all men am most richly blessed.
Jesus doesn’t want to deny our desires, but as we seek His face, He helps us to remove the false objects of our affections so that we will have the greater blessings He longs to lavish on us.
Grow in Grace!