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A while ago my wife had a job evaluation from her employer. Her boss commended her for doing a good job, and she received a nominal raise in pay. Nothing that would change her lifestyle, but an increase in pay none the less.

Upon leaving the evaluation she said to her boss, “Thank you for the raise.”

Her boss seemed a little surprised and said, “You know, you’re the only one who has said thank you.”

That, unfortunately, is normal for modern society. We have become so selfish and so demanding that we feel others “owe” us something, and that attitude portrays itself in our prayer life. Some pray as if they believe God owes them something and all they have to do is simply demand it and they will receive it.

Pastor Richard Goble