The great saints of old often tell us to “present our case” before God in prayer.
Remind him that he is your Father, that he is a merciful compassionate God. Remind him that you are his son or daughter and that you would help your son or daughter if he or she were in need. Remind him of his promises. Lay out your “arguments” before your loving Father.
But this is the best “argument”: “Lord, I ask this for your glory.”
You might pray, “Save my son for your glory. Save him so that more praise and thanks will ascend to your name. Save him to reveal your mighty power to rescue and transform and that he might bear abundant fruit for you. Please save him at a young age so that he will have many years to live for your glory.”
No matter what we pray for, God’s glory should be our highest motive.
If we pray for healing, we should pray, “Lord, please heal me if it is your will. I pray that you would show your mighty power and bring glory to yourself by healing me. But whether you heal me or not, bring glory to your name. If you choose not to heal me, help me to glorify you with praise and thanksgiving, by trusting you and by declaring your goodness.”
Pray for God to bring salvation to the nations because he has promised that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Ask him to provide for your church building project that more people might come to know his glory. Ask him for grace to serve and love others that he might receive more glory. Ask him to help you in your marriage that others might see his glorious power.
I guarantee that God will answer your prayers for him to be glorified.
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