What do you pray for?

Posted on March 28, 2013 · Posted in Prayer

Sometimes I think we sell God short in our prayers when we only ask for things that seem to good to us. There is, of course, the guideline of the wonderful prayer of our Lord.  But, even in this prayer there is the element of faith and trust where we ask for his kingdom to come, not knowing fully what that might mean. Yes, I pray many times each day that God would obliterate my wife’s brain cancer. I pray for the well-being and a deepening love for God for each of our five children. I believe these are good things to pray for.

 

But, I find I pray little for what God might do in my life beyond what I can imagine.  My prayers can become limited by what I can conceive.  I find myself wondering do I have the courage to pray for what God has conceived for me? Three years ago, my wife asked God how she could make better use of her time. God sent brain cancer to her.  Ruth rejoiced, and still rejoices in God’s goodness to her. God has turned our lives upside down and made us to see time from a completely different perspective.  Like I said – do I have the courage to ask God for what he has conceived for me? Because of Ruth’s faith I think that I am ready to pray that prayer.

 

Why not join me?

 

 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived —
    the things God has prepared for those who love him…


Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.