When I listen to myself pray, and when I listen to others pray, it seems that most of what we say to God revolves around what we want. Sometimes our lists are heart-rending. We desire healing from a deadly disease, comfort from the loss of someone we love, a job and a paycheck. More often, our prayers are day-to-day: a passing grade on the exam, strength to get through another day at work, safe travel. Sometimes they are trivial: a victory on the football field, our favorite team in the playoffs. Most of our prayers are filled with the things that we want God to do for us.
Bring your worthless offerings no longer. … Cease to do evil, learn
to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for
the widow. Come now, and let us reason
together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as
scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson,
they will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:12-18).