Sometimes in churches we get the impression that God exists to help me do better in life. He is my lifestyle coach, and with a bit of luck and a favorable wind, and if I “pay” Him enough with prayer and a bit of well-chosen religious activity, then He will line up His energies behind my goals. He will help me achieve what I want.
The truth is the exact opposite. You and I need to ask God what He wants and then line up our goals behind His, rather than expecting Him to line up His goals behind ours.
Married for God by Christopher Ash