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One Amazingly Helpful Prayer

Why Use me! is a better prayer than Help me!

Daily Devotionals blogger Julia Attaway's drawing of how some prayer happens
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Forgive me if I repeat myself, but that “use me” prayer I wrote about last month is changing my life.

I was talking with a friend about why this one prayer is so amazingly helpful and came to the conclusion that it’s because it redirects me. You see, sometimes when I pray for help it has more to do with me than it does with having a good relationship with God.

Sometimes my prayers end up having a subtle me-warp, as if my goals are the center of attention and God is merely an aide who smooths the path, like this:

Placing myself completely at God’s disposal—Use me, Lord!—puts my relationship with Him first, ahead of whatever I see as my immediate problem. And that tends to push me closer to God. Like this:

Of course, none of this would matter if all my desires were the same as God’s. But I’m a regrettably long way from that. For now, Use me! is pushing me in the right direction—by opening my heart to becoming more aligned with His.

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