"Be Careful What You Pray For"
(By: Michael Jantzen)

10-16-2014 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #799

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Story of the Week
Be Careful What You Pray For
(By: Michael Jantzen)

Do you pray like you're a glutton for punishment?

"God, please bring suffering into my life." Why would someone ever pray that? Seems foolish! Back in 1997 I had the audacity to pray this while attending a discipleship training school abroad. Was I just an enthusiastic, but rather naïve 19-year old, or was I on to something?

We need to be careful what we pray for. God I need a better job. Lord, please help us get a house with more room. Please help me find the right person to marry! God, can you heal my back pain? There's nothing wrong with these prayers. God wants to hear our concerns and desires, but we so often pray for what we think will make our lives better. Gaining comfort is often our primary motivation.

Greener grass is not what we really need. When Israel got what they wished for, they forgot all about God in their prosperity. When life gets easier, we tend to take His kindness for granted and fail to live with an attitude of thanksgiving. God's generous gifts then become idols that stifle our spiritual growth.

I'm not suggesting that we pray to have suffering, but we do need to think through our priorities. Our greatest need as followers of Jesus is to become more like Him. In God's plan that often means allowing seasons of trials to drive us to greater dependence in Him. If God's bottom line is to make us more like Jesus, then we should start praying like it's ours too.

Dear God, make me more like Jesus no matter what it takes. Amen.

Where does becoming more like Jesus rank in your list of prayer requests? Start making it your top priority. This week, begin your pray times with the courageous prayer above.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Misunderstood! It is a right fool's word. Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help me to be more like Jesus!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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