Right Motive

A lot of cool stuff in today’s reading (Psalm 79 and 80) but the thing that really struck me was what I believe is the one right condition for our prayers. I think when we pray we should ask ourselves this one question. If I were God, this is the one thing I’d want to know when I considered someone’s request.

“Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake” (Ps 79:9)

The glory of God and His name is, I think, why we should ask God for what we ask God for. It’s the (only?) right motive behind our prayers. So it should be like:

“God, please make my marriage better.”
Why? So people will see it improve, realize that God did it,
and He’ll be glorified.

“God, help me out of this addiction.”
Why? Because people will know it was something I could never do, and you will receive the glory.

“God, I want to be more patient.”
Why? So that my life can better serve to glorify God.

“God, I need to get a job and get out of debt.”
Why? Because I believe that with less debt and more income I can better live in a way that will result in God’s glory.