It’s not always easy for me to drop my own agenda—including when it comes to prayer. Maybe you know the feeling. For instance, one time, when I thought I was coming to God with a totally openhearted desire to know what it means to do God’s will, I discovered as I prayed that there was more of a multiple choice prayer going on: “Thy will be done, God, as long as it’s either A, B, C, or D.” In that moment, I was able to laugh at myself and then truly offer an agenda-free prayer: “Enable me to know, God, that You are omnipotent and in control of all of Your creation.”

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