• Debbie Howell

What’s Behind Your Prayer?

My husband and I are in Las Vegas this week.  We are renting space at a trade show to promote his carpet dyeing classes.  This morning he asked if we could pray together over some of the things he wants to be able to accomplish at the trade show.  In preparation for our prayer time I picked up a small book that I brought with me by Stormie O’Maritan on prayer and read a couple of pages.  She inspired me to go deeper in how I prayed with Chris.  What is it we are trying to accomplish when God answers our prayer?  Is it to be more successful?  Is it to make more money?

Of course that’s the initial reason we pray prayers like that, but God is challenging us to pray from a deeper place.  The Holy Spirit led me to pray from a place where God could be honored as He answered our humble prayer.  So I prayed that as He blesses us at our trade show that we would use those resources to help others and that as we promote our company that we would also shine for God in a way that would bless everyone we encounter today.

There’s nothing wrong with presenting our needs to God, but what does the end result of our prayer really look like?  An easier life for us or a life that brings the grace, presence, and light of God into the world around us?

I’m praying that the Holy Spirit will challenge us all to look at what’s behind our prayers.  May our prayer time become a lot more about God and a little less about us.

In Jesus’ name…

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