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The Highest Form of Prayer

Today’s Reflection

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.

Today’s Question

Where do you see yourself cooperating with God’s purposes? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill May 17, 2017, 4:33 am

    I so agree with what the author says above. I feel so blessed to have that understanding of prayer, of communication with God. And, yet, my prayers don’t reflect that stance as often as they should. He is so great in mercy, accepting my prayers, hearing my requests…and ultimately, gently reminding me that He is in control and encouraging me to accept and submit to His sovereignty. My “word” for this year is sovereignty – and early in the year I was quite faithful to pray about it…asking Him to give me a better grasp of His sovereignty, to increase my capacity to embrace it. Like many of my prayer goals, I have waned in my focus. I want to say that He knows that my underlying stance which surpasses my intercessory prayers is that I desire His will to be done. But – I believe (and need to get back to saying it consistently) it needs to be part of requests…just as Christ’s request in the Garden was “…not My will, but Thine be done.” A spiritual nudge, this morning. Thank You, Father.
    A beautiful, very warm day yesterday – brilliant sunshine. I chuckled to myself last night as I entered my very warm house, and turned on the air conditioning…my furnace was running in the morning, and I would go to bed with my air conditioning. Grateful to have these comforts.

  • robert moeller May 17, 2017, 5:11 am

    Thankful for resolution yesterday, Erich and I have agreement on a problem that has bothered us. While it’s not belief in God, it is an important step.
    It was a beautiful day yesterday weather wise, I was able to take long walks outdoors. Thankful too for a visit to the town museum and a nice chat with a man there.

    Yes, Lord, have Your own way with me for Your way is best. Putting You first, following Your teaching, guidance, and asking for Your wisdom we are on the way that leads to and keeps us with You. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for enemies of any kind, may they come to know You, Lord, and be at peace. Help us to forgive them as You forgave those who nailed You to the cross. In Your name, I pray, Lord. Amen.

  • Carol May 17, 2017, 5:48 am

    To always choose LOVE!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 17, 2017, 6:26 am

    Indeed, Lord, not my will, but yours be done!

  • Julie May 17, 2017, 7:50 am

    Surprisingly, I did in fact pray about this very topic this morning. I struggle with wanting my way and surrendering to His will and His timing.
    So glad for the positive gains you are having with your relationships Robert. My prayers for you continue.
    I have one true enemy and that is my current husband…to pray for him is my goal for this week – will be something to strive toward. We coexist in the same house but that is the extent of our relationship
    Prayers for all the UR visitors

  • Connie May 17, 2017, 7:51 am

    When I don’t understand a situation, I just say Thy will be done. God knows all things. This I believe.

  • April May 17, 2017, 9:16 pm

    Well said Connie. Blessings to my Upper Room Family tonight.

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