A lot of us think when it comes to spiritual matters, we’re “doing it for God.” That’s not the case. When we pray, read the Word, worship God, fast, etc., we’re not doing it for God. We’re doing it for ourselves. God implemented these things to better our situation. God will still be God regardless if we pray or fast.

If God prompts us to serve for Sunday service, that’s for us. God knows there’s a promise attached that says, whatever good anyone does, the same shall they receive from the Lord (Eph. 6:8). If God tells us to pray for an hour, that’s for us because God has wisdom He wants to download to us through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10). If God desires that we wake up earlier to spend time in His presence, that’s an opportunity for Him to deposit joy and pleasure in our lives (Psalm 16:11).

So, when we’re prompted to do something by God, don’t look at it like we’re sacrificing time and effort for God. View it as an opportunity for God to get something to us.

Matthew 6:3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.