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 In our culture today, we have become me-centered, even in our prayer lives. It seems like we are encouraged to listen to our feelings, allowing our feelings to dictate our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God cannot be based on our feelings. The foundation of our relationship must be our trust and faith in God.


The purpose of prayer is not for God to give us what we want, but to open our hearts, focusing our minds on Him, yielding ourselves to His higher purpose. As we open our hearts to God, his thoughts will become our hearts.


Eugene Peterson writes in Answering God, “To pray by feelings is to be at the mercy of glands and weather and digestion. And there is no mercy in any of them . . . we need more than our wants and whims to grow in our relationship with God. We need revealed truth.” ₁

A godly woman once told me, “Don’t pray when you feel like it, make an appointment with God, and keep it each day.”


When praying for your grandchildren ask God to shape their character according to His Word even if it requires some struggle. Ask God to give them a soft, teachable heart and a love for God’s Word so they will grow to be men and women of God who share the gospel with the world. 


₁ Pray! Magazine, Nov/Dec/ 2008 issue, page 32, published by The Navigators.

© 2010 Lillian Penner



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Comment by Heather Schmidt on November 24, 2011 at 10:31am

Thank you so much for this truth...I have become discouraged in my praying because I know I am looking at the circumstances not Christ.    Thank you for the reminder, I need revealed truth.

Comment by Janet H E Lim on November 1, 2011 at 10:08am
Thank you Lillian for the sound advice. A point to consider when we pray for a grand-child, or a family member is that we need to wait for God's timing before we see an actual change in the behavior patterns of a person. So many people give up praying for their loved ones when they don't see immediate change in them. Giving God time to mould them into Christlike behavior and attitude is necessary if we are not to lose heart. My experience shows me that it helps to persist in our prayers and wait with hope each time we pray that God will bless that person.

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