When my sons were small they believed there was nothing that I couldn’t do. When they asked for anything they were certain that I could provide it; not that I necessarily would, but that I could, if I were willing to. Their precious trust warmed my heart.
I thought about that one morning when I dared to ask God for something completely selfish. I began to wonder just how God looks at such a childishly self-centered prayer.
The Bible instructs us to pray at all times, and in John 14:13-14 Jesus reminds us that we are to ask for anything in his name.
When I remember how I felt about my sons’ complete trust in me, I imagine that God might be gratified by such faith, as well. When Christ says in Luke 18 that the Kingdom of God belongs to people who are like little children, he may well be referring to just such trust.
Is it possible that an honest prayer of self-interest is more pleasing to God than a hundred attempts to impress him with the “right sentiments”?
Praying my audacious prayer filled me with hope that God might decide to grant it. Unlike a mortal parent, God really can do anything. If he chooses not to, I know God loves me and wants what’s best for me. I don’t need to filter my requests.
God will decide what is best for his children. So, anytime, anywhere, and for anything, go ahead and pray.