So many people reach the end of their rope and then cry out to God. That prayer often goes something like this: "God, I'll listen to you if you just fix my problem."
I find that interesting. We say that we will do something for God if He does something for us. Can you really do anything for God? Is there anything we can give God that He can't get for himself?
I have heard stories of people praying this prayer and then getting what they asked for. But recently I heard two stories that seemed backwards. The prayer was prayed. Then the person became a Christian. Then their problem was fixed. God doesn't need our "gift" of obedience to fix our problems. We don't have any obedience to give Him. The obedience is a gift too! When we pray prayers like that, I think God hears something more along the lines of, "God, Give me obedience and fix my problem." He wants to give us obedience. And obviously, evidenced by these stories, even when we think its our gift to give, He still gives it to us. He is so good and so patient. He knows our heart, and He is so faithful. When we seek Him, we always find Him! And then we seek Him more and find Him more. But the only reason we even begin to seek is because He's given us a desire for Himself that is built into our being.
Nothing about this life is about us. Everything good is a gift from Him.