Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. – Phil. 4:6
I have written lately about God not answering our prayers in the way we ask, and God knowing what is best for us which brings on the inevitable question – Why pray? F. W. Robertson writes that a prayer “which does not succeed in moderating our wish, in changing the passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuous expectation into silent surrender, is no true prayer….”
Prayer is more than a wish list or a thanks but what have you done for me lately communication with God. Prayer brings you into communication with the source of your life here on earth and into eternity. So a little bit of listening is order – less petitioning and more waiting on God to reveal himself, less about your desires and more about thanks. We should pray until we forget our own requests. God gives us prayer not as a means to obtain things but as a means to learn to do without them. God gives us prayer not as a means to escape pain or suffering, but as a means whereby we become strong enough to meet whatever the world throws at us.
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