Praying For What I Want

Praying for what I want

Praying for what I want often feels like a whiny request of God. I want what I want and I’m not above begging in the right circumstances. However, on a recent family vacation the circumstances seemed trivial, but I decided to go for it anyway.

With two adult children and one living out of state, getting together as a family does not happen often, and as much as we enjoy each other we can also get on each others nerves. So, I started praying. I prayed for everyone to have fun and enjoy our short time together. I prayed for positive attitudes. I prayed for flexibility. It all seemed so trivial and yet critical.

Life is full of many stressors. We were all in need of a break, laughter and sleep. Exhaustion had the potential to interfere with our time together. Praying was my answer.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NIV).

I prayed for what I wanted many times throughout our time together. One morning I was feeling agitated and frustrated. I started praying for our time remaining time together. I prayed for positive attitudes only to realize mine was the one I needed to check.

God answered my prayers by reminding me that my attitude was the one that needed a reboot. Praying for what I want doesn’t always mean I get what I want. It does mean that I get what I need. And, that was exactly what I needed.

Do you pray for what you want? Do you get what you need? Share your story here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

3 thoughts on “Praying For What I Want

  1. Thank you. I enjoy your devotionals each week and this one especially. Recently I heard a testimony from a church member. He had been praying for what he wanted, and then he felt he should actually be praying God’s perfect will instead. That’s when the breakthrough came.

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