Luke 20:1-26; Genesis 35:1-36:43; Psalm 27
As I think back about some of my prayers, I am aghast at the arrogance I had. I have come to God as though He owed me because of my goodness and demanded Him to act. I have prayed as if He is lucky to have me around to serve Him – so He had better answer quickly. I try not to have that attitude these days, but in truth, it sometimes sneaks into my prayers. Oh, that I would pray like David! “LORD, listen to my voice when I cry out— have mercy on me and answer me!” (Psalm 27:7) When I come to God I need to seek His mercy; not demand my “rights.” When I seek to compare who I am to the holiness of God, I realize that there is no comparison. He is holy, pure, and just. I am a sinner – unclean and in need of forgiveness. Any prayer that doesn’t recognize that condition either in attitude alone or in words and attitude is one of arrogance. In truth, we have no demands on God, we only have pleas that should begin with seeking His mercy. We should have no complaints about His answers when they are not what we were looking for. We should recognize His goodness and realize that even when our prayers are answered differently than we want that He is in control.
O Lord! Hear my voice. Have mercy on me. Let me recognize Your answer when it comes. Let me have the faith to follow You at all times, even when it seems like You don’t hear.