In my younger years when I did pray, often resentment, anger, unforgiveness, or an ungodly attitude clouded my communication with God. While I may have had a good reason for these emotions, my prayers were not coming from a right heart. What’s more, I was praying that others would conform to my ideal image.
However, as I went to God in prayer every day, something unusual started to change—me. I was the one God decided to work on first. Gently, the Lord began to soften my heart. Humble it. Mold it. And reconstruct it. As He did so, He erased the bitterness and resentment that were affecting my attitude.
I went into my prayer time with the goal of asking God to change others—making them less critical and more obedient. Less fearful. More loving. I came out of my prayer time with my own heart changed. My mind changed. My attitude changed. My life changed.
God sees the things we can’t see. He knows where we have room for improvement. He doesn’t have to search long to uncover attitudes and habits that are outside His perfect will for us. This is important to identify because it separates us from Him and hinders our prayers being heard as Psalm 66:18 tells us, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear”. God wants our hearts to be right so the answers to our prayers are not compromised.
The next time you pray for someone. Ask GOD how can you be a better servant as well.