Chapter-a-Day Matthew 26

Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, "My Father, if
there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You,
what do you want?"
Matthew 26:39 (TM)

Praying often leads me to reflect on my heart and my own motivations. I’ll be going along praying and feel like I’m giving God my laundry list of "gimme"s. Even in the noblest of intentions, I’m often convicted at how self-centered my prayer life can be. Jesus gives me such a wonderful pattern for prayer in the Garden. "Here’s what I want – my selfish heart desire – but you God – what do you want?"

When I take the time to ask, and listen. Those can some of the most profitable moments of attitude-adjustment I experience.


You have given everything to me.
What can I do for You?
You have given me eyes to see.
What can I do for You?

Pulled me out of bondage and You made me renewed inside,
Filled up a hunger that had always been denied,
Opened up a door no man can shut and You opened it up so wide
And You’ve chosen me to be among the few.
What can I do for You?

You have laid down Your life for me.
What can I do for You?
You have explained every mystery.
What can I do for You?

Soon as a man is born, you know the sparks begin to fly,
He gets wise in his own eyes and he’s made to believe a lie.
Who would deliver him from the death he’s bound to die?
Well, You’ve done it all and there’s no more anyone can pretend to do.
What can I do for You?

You have given all there is to give.
What can I do for You?
You have given me life to live.
How can I live for You?

I know all about poison, I know all about fiery darts,
I don’t care how rough the road is, show me where it starts,
Whatever pleases You, tell it to my heart.
Well, I don’t deserve it but I sure did make it through.
What can I do for You?

– Bob Dylan

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