A businessman was once very concerned about his ability to sell a warehouse property he owned. Since he had last surveyed the building, vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash throughout it. The building had been empty for several months and needed other repairs due to weather and general lack of maintenance. As the man showed a prospective buyer the building, he took great pains to assure him that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, mend the rood, and clean out the garbage. He felt as if he was apologizing at every turn for the condition of the building, but wanted to present the best possible face on the potential sale.
To his surprise, the buyer finally said to him, “Listen, forget about the repairs. I’m going to build something completely different on this land. I don’t want the building. I want the site.”
So often we attempt to present to our Creator what we think is good-justifying our actions, promising to do better, trying to put the best spin on the state of our souls. In the end, what God wants is us.
This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.