- Be sure you pray for nothing that is disagreeable to the Will of God, or that is not for the good of yourself or others, or for the honor of God.
- Be careful that poor judgment, or carnal desires, or passions do not corrupt your prayers and turn them into sin.
- Be especially careful that your judgments and desires be sound and holy before you offer them up to God in prayer. For it is a most vile abuse of God to beg of Him to do the devil’s work.
Note: Tips for Prayer is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s. The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living.