On Sunday, our pastor talked about how people pray. He said that most people pray the way they think God wants them to pray. He then pointed out that God already knows what we want, so why not pray for it?
He used Jerimiah 20:7-18 as an example. As the story goes, Jeramiah was told to preach the word of God, but kept getting ridiculed and no one listened. His last attempt ended in getting arrested and tied up and spit upon. That is when he made his prayer.
It is honest, selfish and questioning. But it worked.
I have always felt wrong about praying selfish prayers, but I did it today for an exam in college. I walked out feeling as though I did really well. When I turned on my every Wednesday noontime hairband radio station, Stryper was playing. Not the Crue, not Iron Maiden, but Stryper.
I feel, as the pastor said, that he heard my prayer because it was honest.
I learned a lesson and hope that someone else can, too. Be honest to God, no matter what, and he will help you out.