PRAYER Rx --- July 17
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to realize that prayer, as C. H. Dodd has indicated, should not be a device for getting You to use Your resources to grant my desires, but rather a means for me to re-direct my desires to be in accordance with Your will. ... Remind me that Jesus said: "Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you,"* meaning something that receives Your approval, and is made possible because I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. ... So let me think over my requests before I pray in order that they may be according to Your will; this may reduce the number of my requests, but it may also increase the number of Your positive answers. ... Let me take time to study Your Word that I may better understand Your will, and recognize the Holy Spirit's leading.
In Jesus' name I pray.
* (John 16:23; also see James 4:3)