Pray Bigger. Live Bigger.

Erik Cooper —  September 14, 2011 — Leave a comment

Prayer is an overflow of the heart. A baring of the soul. A dialog with God.

I believe the most powerful moments of prayer come from that place of vulnerability, sincerity, and honesty before our Creator. And in that way, prayer acts as a mirror that reflects the true obsessions of our soul.

So when I begin to notice the dominating thread woven through my conversations with God is “me,” it gives me pause.

Not because God doesn’t care about me.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Not because praying about my concerns is wrong.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Phillipians 4:6

But because when my prayers have become absorbed with “me,” my life probably has, too. Honestly, I’ve been there way too much the past few days.

Prayer reflects what I’m contemplating. What’s dominating my thoughts. The things that are truly important to me. And if a majority of that is just me, it’s probably a sign I need to step back and take a spiritual health assessment.

Is it OK to pray for myself? Of course! Is it wrong to pour out my needs before God? Certainly not! But who likes to have continual one-sided conversations with a self-absorbed narcissist? I certainly don’t. I wonder if God does either?

A life dominated by “me” will result in prayers dominated by “me.” And I think God has bigger aspirations for my life than that.

What does the focus of your prayers reflect about the focus of your life?

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