Just the TIP Tuesday - Pray Selflessly
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024. Pray Selflessly
Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s TIP is “Pray Selflessly”
I wanted to piggyback off last week’s TIP, Unanswered Prayers, and take it a step further. I feel sometimes the reason our prayers go unanswered are not because God has a different calling for our life, but because our prayers are often selfish.
I started thinking about all the times I've said prayers in my life and the majority of them were selfish ones. I didn’t realize it, then, but looking back, I see it. It makes sense, God's greatest gifts are sometimes unanswered prayers. He doesn't give us things we think we want, he gives us things He knows we need.
This made me think of a time three years ago where I believe I said my first selfless prayer. Normally, when I pray, even if I'm praying for my grandparents, my parents, or my sister… When I'm praying for healing, peace and strength, it's because I don't want them to be sick, or in pain, but in the back my mind, it's because I don't want to live without them. I'm praying God let them be OK so that they're OK for me.
Three years ago, I said my first selfless prayer where I didn't need anything in return. I didn't need a confirmation the prayer worked. I figured, I would never see this person again in my life and I was OK with that and truly prayed from my heart God would give this person the strength and peace they needed. God is pretty awesome. He ended up giving me confirmation a few months later, which was great because I think he wanted to let me know, hey your first selfless prayer was answered. Maybe you should try that out more often.
Since then, I've been saying a lot more selfless prayers. I'm not gonna lie and say they're all selfless, some are still selfish. I also learned another life lesson. I learned even when I passed a homeless person and felt like I have nothing to offer, when I don't have money or food… I realized I can offer them a smile and a prayer. They have no idea I'm praying for them and they have nothing to give me in return. I have no benefit other than knowing, I was able to give selflessly.
My challenge for myself and anybody else who wants to join me is give selflessly, not wanting anything in return and pray selflessly, not seeking any confirmation.
We need to remember to pray often, in the good and bad times. Give thanks for the things and people we have in our lives! Pray selflessly! Give selflessly!