It's been said that one who prepares to teach or train others is often the one who learns the most. While I don't know if that's always true, the Lord is teaching me a lot about developing a deeper fellowship and relationship with Him as He continues to help me prepare OnSite's prayer training and prayer discipleship model!
One thing He spoke to me about this morning is our "life lenses." Life lenses are how we view God, ourselves, and the world around us.
When we pray, do we pray from a heart where we desire to worship and serve God, or from an attitude where He should serve us?
Often times, it's easy to put our life lenses on wrong. They tend to feel comfortable, and things appear familiar and normal even when they're on backwards. That's where we must be careful when we pray.
When you've prayed, have you ever demanded something from God (Lord, fix this! Lord, get me out of this situation! Lord, why aren't you doing this MY way?!) If we ever pray with an attitude that our way is the best way- and God should accomplish our will (instead of asking, then aligning our will with His), we've essentially put our lenses on backwards and are placing ourselves in the position of master, and the Lord in the position of our servant. As His created children, created to bring Him pleasure and to be in continual deep fellowship with Him, doesn't He deserve our worship instead of our demands? Shouldn't He always hold the position of Master instead of servant?
If the Holy Spirit has reminded you of a time, or times, when you've treated the Lord as your servant instead of your Master, please take some time right now to confess that to Him, and ask God to always help you put your life lenses on correctly. Seeing God, ourselves, and our world correctly helps us pray in a deeper spirit of worship, joy, and intimacy with God.