Crabb has an answer. Stop praying for all of these things without first praying to be relational with God. Do I want to be healed of asthma more than I want to have God in my life? Do I want God more than I want a better job, or how about a job period? Is He first? Could I lose the whole world and be happy about it? Could I be Job?
Crabb ponders that idea that the reason we don't receive more from God is (1) He gives to us all the time and we like 9 of the 10 lepers in Jesus' time never thank Him or notice, and (2) We're treating God as a vending machine and while the things we're asking for may not be bad, there just another thing we're asking for that has nothing to do with us drawing closer to God.
The whole thing has me thinking. I needed this book right now more so than I even recognize as I type this. It will be part of my November and December sermon series without a doubt. But beyond that, what does it mean to pray relational with God? What would it be like to pray for nothing but to know Him more. Crabb says if this is what we want, we should pray the "PAPA prayer." Present yourself to God just the way you are. Attend to your feelings about Him, life, others, etc. Purge yourself of everything that would get in the way of your relationship with God that day. Then Approach God as the "first thing" in your life from the onset and through the rest of the day.
Great book. Looking forward to the series.