Prayer Is Not the Means to Live a Selfish Life

Why do people think prayer is a means of getting what they want?

Prayer is actually the means of getting what we need to live the life God wants.

This understanding means we use prayer not to seek physical stuff, but rather to seek spiritual qualities like patience, gentleness, kindness, and things like these…without which we can’t live the way God wants us to live.

But don’t we need a certain amount of physical stuff to live life, too?  Yes, but not as much as most of us think.  And even that, God has promised to throw in without our asking – if we faithfully ask Him for the spiritual stuff.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

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2 Responses to Prayer Is Not the Means to Live a Selfish Life

  1. Gangsta' For CHRIST says:

    Proclaim Him, bro. That is beautiful.

    I was doing a search for John Piper related materials and you came up, bro.

    Keep it real in the GOSPEL. That is true POWER.

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    I agree that we rather seek spiritual qualities when we meet our Lord in our prayers.

    In a world that is not always fair, there is still nothing that can change the road to our destiny. We’re on our way to heaven with our getaway and touchdown – in the Spirit.

    Without that getaway, that is the kingdom of God, which can only be reached through prayer, this life on earth would be hopeless and often unbearable. Touchdown always happens when we leave His comforting and quiet presence in prayer in order to get on with everyday life.

    Comparing being lost in our internal world through prayer with regaining awareness of the external world, I’d like to say the first is a stage ‘like the sun drinks the first morning dew’, and coming back to life is more or less ‘a kind of shock treatment in installments’. 🙂

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