He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:3

  “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.”
Psalm 25:11

“For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!”
Psalm 143:11

Why do we pray? The Bible tells us that we pray to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, to confess our sins and repent to Him, to give Him thanks, and to ask Him for our daily needs (Matthew 6:19-13).

However, there are times when our appeals and petitions are the only reasons behind our prayers. Though God wants us to come to Him in times of trials and needs, He still wants to be the focus of everything. Because of life’s daily pressures and challenges, we tend to become the focus of our own prayers. Our prayer list becomes a “To-Do List” that we ask God to do for us. That is how the world views prayer. But the Bible views it as something more than a shopping list of petitions.

The book of Psalms consists of a lot of prayers of worship, of confession, of thanksgiving, and of supplication. And though many of them were about pleading with God, the psalmists were able to make God the focus. Each plea was made not for themselves, but for setting things right with God.

In our daily prayers, we worship and acknowledge God’s sovereignty in our lives. We lift up our sins to Him because we are broken when He is not pleased with our actions. We give thanks to Him for bestowing us grace and mercy despite who we are. We seek His guidance because He alone is a light unto our path. We ask Him to give us things that we can use or do to glorify Him. We speak with Him because we want to spend time with Him. We want to deepen our relationship with Him by being in line with His heart’s desires. This is how the Bible teaches us to view prayer.

It’s is all about glorifying Him. We pray not for our own sake, but for His name’s sake.

What are the motives behind your prayers? Have you been praying for your name’s sake or for His name’s sake?