Prayers with periods

A few days ago it dawned on me that my prayers have a lot of periods in them.

“Lord, thank you for this and that. Please do this, this, and this. Help me with that, and this and that.”

I do truly value humility, but I’m wondering if there’s an underlying high level of accidental arrogance in my prayer life. As if I’m telling God what to do. “Here’s a list of things I care about. Please answer me in the following ways.” Wow. God in Heaven is on the edge of His seat, waiting for His earthly to-do list from me. Ha!

So as I am very humbled by this misstep in my spiritual life, in my relationship with Him, I think there needs to be more question marks in my prayers.

“God, will you please help me today? Can You keep me from going down wrong paths? Which areas can I grow in and become less annoying to You and to others?”

The mindset of a servant who knows his own plan doesn’t really work anyway, so this servant has an open mind and is willing to ask for help, but not demand it.

Anyway, I know it’s only Sunday, I’m just thinking out loud. I hope you all have a super week with a handful of question marks and a few exclamation points sprinkled in! 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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