Here I am praying for about 55 years and supposed to have studied the Bible for 37 years, attending churches and now just turned 60 years old, finally realized that most of my prayers are selfish.
How did this selfish part of praying came about ? You may think there is nothing wrong with praying for self. But i realized this could be done excessively.
In my desire to be closer to God, I tried to do what I can to do that, by reading the Bible, praying etc. etc. I have been confessing my sins and being forgiven but still something seem to be missing or not right.What happened was I am getting too self centered, thinking mostly about myself.Like praying Lord make me holy , make me righteous, in short it is all about me, my and myself. Then I believed the Holy Spirit reminded me about the prayer of Jesus or the Lord's prayer which is found in Matthew 6:9-13. which goes like this.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever . Amen.
To readers please note that our Lord used our,we, us instead of my,I, mine. But yes there are times that we need to pray personal prayer, but this should not be regular but prayer be done with our family, with fellow believers, or with someone. That blessings be not only for oneself but for others too.
By the way ,I learned too that it is not only about ourselves but the prayer is about our Father in heaven who loves and cares for us. Glory to His name.