Praying Beyond “Me and My”

“Me and My” prayers are prayers that are all about me.  God wants us to pray about “Me and My” stuff, but generally speaking, He wants us to pray beyond that.

Jesus taught us to pray in a way that starts w/ God and His glory, and moves into things like “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.” before praying for the “Me and My” issues of life.  It’s a great way to shift our focus and put those very important “Me and My” requests in perspective.

Something happens when we take our eyes off of our problems and place them onto the Living God before we offer those problems up to Him.  Perhaps it is because when He is magnified in our eyes and we see how awesome and amazing He truly is, it then causes us to see our problems as smaller.

This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care about our problems, though.  He cares about all of our cares.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NLT

God definitely wants us to offer up our requests to Him.  But prayer is so much more than our requests to Him.

The goal of prayer is engaging our life with the God of the universe and adjusting our lives to His will, His plans and His purposes.

Something also happens when we pray for others before we pray for “Me and My.”   When we lift up the needs and cares of others, we can begin to see that we are not alone in our struggles.  We take steps toward selflessness, and put our own needs in perspective.

Praying beyond “Me and My” means focusing on God first, others second, and myself  last. My goal in prayer then becomes less of a “want list to” and more of a “desire to connect with” God and see Him move and intervene in my life and the world around me.

“Me and My” then becomes “Oh me, oh my!” as He shapes us, draws us and interacts with us in this broken and fallen world.

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I am spending an extended time in prayer today, Thursday, February 24, 2011.  How can I pray for you? Comment below, or send me a direct message or “@” me on Twitter or Facebook and I would be honored to lift up your requests in prayer.

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