I was beginning to pray this morning and it dawned on me that my prayers sounded like a laundry list of things that I needed fixed. I started by asking God to heal my two friends that have serious chronic illnesses. I then went into prayer for my family members, asking for prosperity and happiness. Of course I then had to put in a word for me, making sure all my needs were being met in exactly the way that I think is best.
As I made my way through my last requests, it dawned on me that I must be missing something here. Yes, my prayers were for good things but were they for the best things? Instead of asking God to fix the situations, shouldn’t I be asking him for insight on how to find the blessings in my current situation?
Too often, we are so consumed with what we want fixed or made better that we can’t see how God is working in the now. “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”’(James 4:13-16) His word seems pretty clear about keeping our mind off of tomorrow and trying to fix things. Instead, we should focus on what He has provided for us today and our many blessings.