Is it Wrong to Pray for Our Wants?

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will lead you to desire what He desires.

Recently I was longing for some confirmation, and as soon as the thought, “I wonder if I could just ask for it?” crossed my mind, it was immediately followed by the mocking taunt, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” as if it was shameful to always be wanting and asking for more for myself.

In keeping with the childlike faith theme this past week, I was struck with this thought to ponder :

Isn’t that the attitude the Lord wants us to have with Him as His children?

Is it wrong to be in a constant, dependent childlike “gimme, gimme” attitude when He alone HAS all that we need and says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)?

Shouldn’t this be our posture, rather than a childish self-sufficient, independent attitude of “I can do it myself”?

I think that it delights Him as we come to Him in childlike faith, asking for our needs and desires and for more of what we are so dependent upon Him to give.

We are instructed to ask.

Ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7).

You do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2). (But ask for the right reasons: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” v. 3)

Ask whatever you wish and it will be given (John 15:7, 1 John 3:22, 5:14, 15).

Ask anything in My name and I will do it (John 14:12, 13, 14).


And because He does His work through us and longs for us to have all that we need for that work, it is not only okay to ask for a lot for ourselves, it is necessary.

God has called us all to God-sized tasks. May we never try to accomplish them in our own strength or with our own finite power, energy, or resources when we are in relationship with One Who is infinite and promises to provide.

Seeking for ourselves becomes an overflow of His goodness to others and produces change.

As the Lord puts His desires upon our hearts, may we not allow the enemy to shame us for asking for what we need and want and long for. Resist the enemy’s lie that it is selfish. All that we ask for and what God provides us will be poured out to grow others’ faith. Have it to give.

Be free to be a “gimme, gimme” dependent child of God.

Never be satisfied. Want more.

What do you want?

And what does God want you to want?


Come to Him AS a child.

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