I heard a great sermon in church Sunday that discussed needs, faith, and prayer. In a nutshell, the message of the sermon was that, while we are focused on our needs and what is wrong in life, we are doing nothing but bringing more of that into focus. Rev. Jackson explained that even in prayer, we should focus on our breakthrough, since God already knows our needs, and knew them before we did. A focus on the need puts an emphasis on lack and limitation.
Ironically, when I got home and turned on the TV, it just happened to be Joel Osteen’s service, and he was discussing essentially the same things. “Don’t take your problems to God,” he said, “Take your praises.“ In another service, years back, I remember hearing that the world will generally offer answers to the questions that we focus on, and when we ask the question “What else could go wrong?” the world tends to show us what else could go wrong.