Prayer is the most powerful, yet underutilized gift we have. It’s a direct line to the Creator of the universe! Most of us know it’s powerful, but we often don’t take full advantage of it as we should. Maybe that’s because we overcomplicate it.

There are lots of model prayers throughout the Bible, but some of my favorite are some of the shortest.

“I believe. Help my unbelief!” – a man whose daughter needed healing

“Lord, save me.” – Peter, drowning in the waves as he stepped out of the boat

I recently ran across a simple phrase in a prayer from Jacob and was struck by its power and simplicity…

“I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant…”
— ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ —

Jacob recognize something very important: God doesn’t owe us anything. We ask for God to provide for us, bless us, take care of us, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for those things. However, let’s never be so arrogant or presumptuous as to assume that God owes us any of those things.

As Jacob went on to explain in his prayer, he recognized that everything he had was a gift from God. That’s interesting in light of the fact that he worked hard – really hard – for the animals, family, and possessions he had. Although he worked hard for them, he knew they were gifts from God.

Like Jacob, we need to regularly acknowledge how undeserving we are of God’s blessings.

When we recognize how unworthy of grace we are, it reminds us of how worthy of praise God is.

One of the best ways to kill that spirit of entitlement is to remind yourself of how unworthy you are to begin with. Anything God provides for us is evidence of His unmerited favor (grace)!

K E V I N • M I L L E R

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