PRAYER IS NOT bending God to my will but bringing my will into conformity with God’s so that God’s will may work in and through me. … Prayer is not bending the universe to your will, making God a cosmic bellhop for your purposes; prayer is cooperating with God’s purposes to do things you never dreamed you could do.
The highest form of prayer comes in Jesus’ words in Gethsemane: “Yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus did not say, “Your will be borne,” which is how we often translate it. He said, “Your will be done,” which implies a cooperation with an outgoing, redemptive will that desires our highest good.
– E. Stanley Jones
How to Pray
From pages 15-16 of How to Pray by E. Stanley Jones. Copyright © 2015 by the E. Stanley Jones Foundation. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where do you see yourself cooperating with God’s purposes? Share your thoughts.
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.
Psalm 66:20, NRSV
This Week: pray for your enemies. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Isidore the Farmer (May 15).
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