When I Pray…

I rarely pray to God for comfort or for help and strength. I have experienced only a few circumstances in my lifetime, where I prayed for strength and help. I acknowledge the power of prayer, but I cannot bring myself to ask God, when I must face something myself. God has already given me the tools, it is unfair to expect God to do the work as well.

When I do pray, it is to thank God. I sometimes wonder, if constant prayer in times of need is often overused or unappreciated.

Are we God’s children or do we beckon God, whenever we expect him to intervene on our behalf? I believe a relationship with God is more about appreciation, than prayers answered.

When I don’t send prayers, it is because I believe in God’s will, and his will be done. I believe prayer is valuable and powerful, but the more it is done, the cheaper it becomes in my opinion.

Instead of asking for something, perhaps thank God for taking care of all of us. There’s always more than one side to every story and person, and the more we ask God, the less we may appreciate God when he does show us a miracle.

Patience is key and appreciation is paramount. Everyday is another chance and every breath is the possibility of making it happen.

If all I ever expect is for God to be there for me, then what is the purpose of life?


65 thoughts on “When I Pray…

  1. Absolutely! I learned in my twenties that prayer is to worship and thank God, not to constantly ask God to help us every single time we find life difficult. Of course when I converted from being Catholic to Baptist my mother prayed to every saint under the sun. I told her that all her prayers would never be answered because she wasn’t talking to God. It’s still a source of aggravation for her but, meh my life my decision, lol. I agree, we need to take what the Lord has given us, do what we need to and work our way through the good and the bad, very well put 007. 😎

  2. Totally agree Bottomlesscoffee. I say, he’s given us the tools to use in every scenario possible. All I ask is the wisdom to know which tool to use when. And that’s it.
    It’s a given that the strength will accompany the task.
    That’s my 2cents.

  3. hawk2017

    Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 17 : “Pray without ceasing”. I could not exist without constant prayer. The Carnal me takes over and I will say or do something in sin. Our God says : Do not let an evil thought take root in our mind for it will show forth. Therefore I ask this to be removed. We must focus on Him. He loves us to come and talk with Him. Be Blessed, my friend.:))

      1. hawk2017

        Yes, He is waiting for you. Remember to pray for His will as His son did in the Garden. Our Jesus ask the Father to Take the Cup away because He knew the pain His humanity would suffer on the cross; yet He said “Your will not mine” to the Father. :))

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Oh wow, I never heard that before Hawk. I was referring to the idea that I should pray for every little problem in my life, when God has already saved me. I should simply be grateful rather than always coming to him with my hands open, expecting him to fill them for me.

          1. hawk2017

            He will answer your prayer if you wait and accept His will. Sometimes He says no, but remember He gave His life in love; He knows what is best for you and me. Tell him how you feel and ask forgiveness and He will give you peace that passes understanding. :))

  4. You’re right on point! I like to see God as a father figure. When I fall over and hurt myself, I would take care of my injuries. I wouldn’t call on my father to heal the injury right away, but hearing him encourage and support me would be nice. Just like a minor injury, there are many things we can take care of by ourselves if we use the tools God has given us.

    I pray to Him for strength when I’m weak and when my faith is wavering. I pray to Him to guide my steps and help me make the right decisions. I also thank him for the things he’s done for me (both the ones I know of and the ones I don’t know of), the things he’s doing for me, and the things he will do for me.

    Following God is fun and beautiful when it’s done right. We shouldn’t be demanding in our prayers. After all, a prayer is like a normal (polite) conversation.

  5. Wow! I love this post dude! While I’m very spiritual, I am NOT a religious person at all. I’ve read parts of the Bible and parts of the Qur’an and it’s never resonated. And I’ve seen way too many hypocrites!! I love LOVE your thoughts about your faith!

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Wow, thank you Granny. That’s the thing about faith, it’s personal, therefore, you can only satisfy your hunger, not the hunger of others.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          I can’t remember if it was the Talking Heads or the Dire Straights that write a song about it…

          Money for Nothing!

  6. Now THAT falls in with my own perceptions of prayer… although I tend to take it a little further, the Almighty and myself are far closer than any religion can assign.

  7. The Bible is clear, the Lord taught his disciples to pray by saying the Lord’s Prayer. My belief is that we complicate things too much. I believe it’s more important to just pray than to get caught up in how we pray. Just my opinion that’s all.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Totally Feather, it’s all on the individual. I’m not trying to dictate, just provide an example of what I and I alone do.

      It’s up to the individual.

  8. I see your point and we should always have reverence for God. However, we should be approaching the throne of grace with freedom and confidence with all kinds of prayers and requests. Prayer is a powerful weapon against the evil one too. We should be praying for things all the time. God wants us to pour out our hearts to Him and trust in Him, not ourselves. Paul says in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” It’s about living in a state of humility with the Lord and having a deep relationship with Him, so we want to talk with Him every day about everything that is on our hearts. That is prayer. The enemy doesn’t want us to pray because it is powerful and he will try to hinder our prayers. We need to come to the Lord for everything and trust in Him as He guides us in His will. God bless brother!

  9. <3 I think in many ways the relationship I have had with my own Dad has helped me in the way I view our heavenly Father.

    There was no way Dad was going to give me all the things I asked for when I was a little one. But maybe if something meant a lot to us, so we didn't grow tired of asking. But he did teach me and train me and help me to develop habits. A few hard lessons (like the time I spent hundreds of pounds on phone calls trying to win a radio contest and Dad made me pay that phone bill by no pocket money and extra chores for months and months).
    But every now and then there was something very serious where I needed Dad to intervene.

    One thing I have always been sure of is that just as my Dad loves it whenever we call to share all our news with him, our heavenly Father loves a heart that swells with love for him and is pleased to hear prayers of faith.

    I have known of friends who tell me about their prayers and though I have not said so to them, it sounded as if they viewed God as a celestial Santa Claws.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      See, that’s what I’m talking about Mel, that is exactly what I am saying. You did it girl, you got right to what I was expressing. Thank you Mel.

      1. Thanks Coffee

        Thank you for your comment on my post too.
        I am a bit emotional after what I found out today in hospital (trying to keep it at bay by distracting myself).
        This is something that of course effects Goldfinch and me more than anyone else – so I don’t think there is anyone else on the planet that I wish I could be with right now.

  10. This was a bit unexpected. (I didn’t foresee this type of post on your blog, because I’m so used to the political stuff.)

    But what a great post. You hit the nail on the head. Raw, honest and wise.

    Those who commented before me bring up great points, so I will not repeat. I’d like to say that prayer is very important for our spiritual well-being. Now, having said that, I’d like to add that prayer is… customizable. We grow up thinking we have to be kneeling and reciting specific words. That does not have to be the case.

    I agree that so many people abuse prayer, only seeing it as a way to pass their wish-list onto Santa. I do pray for strength, but it’s not because I think I need more. It’s because I know He had plans for me, and I just want to live up to those expectations. I understand it’s silly, because He doesn’t give us crosses we cannot carry, but still, I find comfort in that.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Thanks Goldie. I can talk about all kinds of stuff. I learned when courting ladies!!!

      Yeah, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do or how to do it. Just the way I do it.

  11. Although it says in Scripture we are to pray for everything and anything. I struggle with this too. I normally thank Him for being alive, for my family, etc. Only in time of dire need do I ask Him. Most of the time, when I pray, I talk to Him like I do my earthly dad. Just calling to check in kinda thing.

    But this I agree with you on, go figure🙄

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Yeah Scherezade. I don’t wanna nickel and dime God. There are people really suffering out there and I don’t wanna be greedy.

  12. Marleen

    I do think asking for stuff all the time from God would change the perspective of respect for the One Who created the whole world. The first miracle in my life that fits the usual perception of what a miracle is wasn’t even primarily asked for [on my part alone because no one else was praying about this] in the sense of me getting what could be seen as what I wanted (again, in the usual perception). I was asking for an answer to the question of whether God still does that kind of miracle (at times — not like time to cash in, so to speak, and leave everybody in the dust). The answer was yes; the empirical miracle was a healing. (I say empirical because it was observable to me — it wasn’t part of a study.)

  13. I don’t think asking is wrong, even if you ask all the time. But the reason your are asking is another story.

    James 4:2-3
    2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

  14. Interesting thoughts you have about prayer.
    People seem to only talk to God when they want or need something. A relationship with God is about praying, listening, and talking with Him – like a relationship with a friend. God is everywhere at every time – past, present, and future. He knows what will happen to us, and what we need before the beginning of time. So I don’t think we need to ask Him for anything. I see nothing wrong with asking, but I don’t think we need to. I pray for direction, to thank Him, to talk with Him.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      So, you’re not the first person to highlight this. A few others said the same thing. I never thought of the conversation aspect, I started today and I gotta say, it’s rather nice to talk to God.

      I will agree with you, that he already knows. I just want him to know that I am thankful and I have everything I need.

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