Depart from me, evildoers, that I may observe the commandments of my God.
Our prayers can easily be a window that reveals the condition of our hearts! Sit in on the average church prayer meeting and you might be surprised at the focus on physical issues without due consideration of spiritual priorities. This is not to say that God does not care about physical issues. He certainly does. But if you review the prayers in the Bible, you will find a clear emphasis on spiritual priorities.
It is quite easy to offer prayers that are primarily about our comfort. The psalmist has been under constant attack from evildoers. It makes sense that he would want them gone. But notice that his prayer is not for personal comfort, but rather for spiritual purposes. He wants to have undistracted devotion to God. He is determined to live out the teachings of Scripture.
This is a model that we should emulate. We can pray for improved health, but we must also understand that our goal in prayer must ultimately be for spiritual purposes. And if those spiritual purposes are best fulfilled when our health is not ideal, we must trust God. We can pray for safe travels, but we ought to think about the ministry opportunities that will be available as we travel. We can pray for protection from the enemy, but it ought to be so that we can be as effective as possible in our service to God.
Take time to consider your own prayer life. Does it reflect the spiritual priorities that would be honoring to God?