As a kid, I used to pray for wants and needs for myself and others, but I’ve grown, both physically and spiritually, since then and I now pray for my or another’s highest good. I can’t remember when I started praying this way, but this feels right to me. Since God knows what is best for each and every one of us, it just seems bossy to tell God that I am praying for “x” to happen to “z.”
I also feel that we should not only pray for the highest good of our loved ones, but we should pray for the highest good for those folks, who just are hard to get along with. I know it is easier to pray for our friends and family, but those other folks probably need our prayers the most. Something in their lives may be giving them so much grief that they are showing up as aggravating people.
Who knows when you pray for their highest good, it may be you that changes rather than them. Your attitude about their behavior may shift so that person doesn’t seem annoying anymore. Whatever the outcome it seems wiser to let God choose what happens.
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!