What is prayer and Why do we pray?
Prayer is not the mechanism to tell God how to do things.
- God wants a relationship with us. A parent/child relationship.
- Do we hurt our Heavenly Father some times?
- Is He sad when we don’t seem to learn a lesson and we have to try again?
- Does it hurt when we are rebellious and choose ‘things’ and “pleasure’ over Him?
- Does He feel compassion when we are suffering?
I have had children do this to me. in fact, I wrote a post earlier about my son who desperately wanted to try out his new wings but jumping off the roof.( Why would a loving God let us suffer).
A loving parent doesn’t give in, but instead tries to help the child understand.
We pray to…
- Align ourselves with God’s will.
- Know what He was us to do,
- Understand what we are to learn from trials
- Learn to want what He wants.
- Express gratitude to Him
- Procure the blessings He wants to bestow upon us and others
- We find it easier to do good and to become better.
- We feel more happiness.
- Our minds are enlightened and our understanding is increased.
As we take the time to ask what He would have us do, to really seek the Lord’s will, and to patiently wait while we knock, we find the power of prayer. As we look back at our life it will become apparent to us the many times that the windows of heaven were opened for us and that we did receive blessings. We can use that pattern to help us get through the waiting as we go through current trials.
I want to share some comments from a friend who is working on his prayers. Notice how he makes connections with the past and how he is coming to understand what to pray for…
My thinking became so negative over the past few years after things fell apart -all from an entitlement mentality. I had it so good for so long and many people never have it as good. I feel like a spoiled kid whose toys got taken away.
For whatever reason it isn’t easy to know what to say in prayers. Sounds silly perhaps though finding the words doesn’t come so naturally. Especially when I know it’s more about peace than about stuff. And I too need to pray for strength and wisdom and guidance to let go of my negative and bad thoughts, to replace them with kind and loving ones, for forgiveness for what I’ve done wrong, and to see people the way God sees them and love them and to understand.
I pray a lot for gratitude as it seems like somewhere along the way I stopped being grateful for the gift of life. I read the part in the book about the Psalms that talks about how many things we simply don’t even know that He was there to save us from what would/could have happened. I used to think that way. Though I stopped being grateful when my “toys’ were taken away … “
I encourage you to spend time in your prayers thinking back on those patterns in your life. Talk to God like he is your Father, express the feelings you have, and as you do, you will find your heart began to change and those windows will be open again.
Please share with us how praying this way has helped you.