Sometimes you want to pray, but you don’t know how? Or do not understand, why? What is prayer?
Prayer is the opportunity to communicate with God as a person or just to talk with each other.
If you don’t understand what prayer, imagine yourself in the place of God. To understand God and His relationship to us, imagine the relationship of father and child. This will facilitate the task of our imagination. Well, shall we?
You’re a loving parent, comes up to you and your child wants to Express his thought. The everyday situation. Now imagine that a child asks you about something just as you pray to God. You will be interested to listen to memorized phrases? I sure didn’t.
Would you immediately give her child everything it asks? Surely not. You love your child and want him to develop correctly, so you’re not going to shower him with candy as he wished. Every parent dreams that his child has grown independent, smart, strong, beautiful. So you first ask whether he really wants what he asks? Why? Whether it is the consequences? Every parent strives wisely to approach the question of their child.
Now that we have presented these relations, we can think that we pray to God we are. Are we willing to accept that what we ask for? Will please me and the world around better? And why bother to pray? God will do good for me, since I am His child.
“I wish — and do not have; you kill and envy and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, and have not, because ye ask not. Ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2, 3).
There is a new question. Why do we turn to God, and may my prayer to change something?
Imagine that your child is interested in nothing, asks nothing, and there, aimlessly wasting time. For sure you will worry, worry about the future and make every attempt to guide him on the path of correction. But then a miracle happens — your child became interested in, say, football. He wants to become a great champion. You’re not going to play instead of him and not buy him a pedestal on the football arena? Of course, you give him just the end result, but you will give him all the necessary tools buy him the right things, agree with the coach — but will never be his substitute. So our God.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).
The Lord wants us just sought themselves. He wants us to have our own skills and achievements. God will not give us everything at the click of your fingers, but will create favorable conditions so we were happy of what they do. So need to ask for wisdom and to walk in the direction of their goals, and God Himself will open the right doors. Or put obstacles in our way, if our desires will ultimately bring harm. Because God sees much further than any earthly parent.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Prayer changes lives in the blink of an eye. But if God will hear personally from you what you want, make no mistake: looking back, you will see how the Lord was working in and helped you in life. So just trust Him and go.