A lot of us guys keep score financially. “Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money. “God, it’s your will and everything. My marriage and my career and my recreational pursuits. But money? That’s mine, God. This money is mine.” God says, “Give it up. Give it up. It’s my will, son. It’s not your will. It’s mine.” And for many guys here, that’s the last piece of your heart to give up. Give it to God and say, “God, not my will, but your will.” Prayer is not just asking for what I want. That’s part of it. But true prayer is coming to a point where we want what God wants. His desires are our desires.
“God, your will be done. I want ‘there’ to occur ‘here.’” Do you pray like that? Do you spend time in adoration? Do you realize who it is you’re talking to? Do you put God’s interest before your own? Or do you just say, “Oh God, help me, bless me, protect me. And also bless me, protect me, and me, me, me; I, I, I”? The Lord’s Prayer is interesting, because there are no singular pronouns. You won’t find one. How long should I pray? People ask me, “Well, how long should I spend time in this prayer closet, in this place, in this location? How long?”
I answer by saying, “As long as it takes you to surrender your will to God’s will. Sometimes that can be five minutes. Other times it might be 45 minutes.”
In John 11, Jesus showed up late. People were all in his face, “Jesus, why did you show up late? Your close friend Lazarus is dead. You could have saved him. You could have healed him. Now he’s dead. He’s dead!”