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.
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:
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.