I used to…a lot!
In our earthly understanding, we equate blessings with God’s reward, His pleasure with us. We tend to get cocky about our faith, about our walk, about our preferential treatment in comparison to others. And this is to be expected, it’s the earthly way of looking at things.
It wasn’t until I was set straight by a wonderful friend that I began to see the error in this prayer and my attitude.
Asking for blessings is self-centered. It’s arrogant. It’s cocky. It’s wrong. And it’s not very Christian!
Here’s some of what the Bible has to say about blessings:
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart. ~Psalm 119:2
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. ~Psalm 34:8
It is clear that love of God comes first, blessings follow. They follow not because we ask, but because we are obedient and faithful in our relationship with Him. They follow because we open ourselves up to viewing the world from God’s perspective, not man’s. They follow because we invite God to use us in His world, a world that He knows far better than we do. They follow, because God truly wants to bless us!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11
May our prayer become one that is focused on God’s plan, not man’s. One that seeks to benefit our fellow man, not just ourselves. One that begs God, “Use me to do your good work in the world!”
If we ask God to use us, he will equip us with all we need to accomplish His mission! And the blessings will flow!
Please God, use me!
Prayer focus: Those facing the unknown