prayerPrayer is something I have been pondering lately. The Bible is clear that prayer is to be an integral part of our lives. We are instructed to pray without ceasing. According to Ephesians 6:18 we are to “…all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request …”.  With all of that said I have been thinking about several questions regarding prayer.

First, is there any type of prayer one shouldn’t pray?  Second, is there anything that  is too trival to be included in prayer? So, what do you think?

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Prayer

  1. I don’t think you should pray for sports teams to win, as the opponents fans want their team to win as much as you want your team to win.

    I don’t think we should pray for worldly possesions. Sometimes people have a long list of “I wants”, and oftentimes if they replaced the, “I want” with “God wants” it would probably help to put things into perspective. I read a blog post by a woman who was justifying working rather than staying home to raise her children, the entire blog read, I want my children to travel, I want my children to have everything they want, I want my children to be in many activities, etc. etc. although her wants were not bad things, I felt that if she replaced the “I want” with “God wants”, she may have viewed the situation differently.

    I don’t think we should pray for immoral things, such as winning a bet, the lottery, etc.

    I don’t think we should pray for a miracle when we haven’t made an effort, for example help me get an A on my test, and we haven’t even read the book!

    I don’t think we should pray to God with a “God if you do this for me, I will change/stop a bad behaviour” attitude.

    I think the “Our Father” prayer pretty much sums up all that we should pray for.
    We firstly praise God
    We look to see what God’s will is in our life
    We pray that our basic needs be met
    Ask for forgiveness for our wrongs
    Forgive those who wronged us
    Ask that we not be led into temptation
    Ask that we be delivered from from evil.

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  2. I agree with one exception. There are circumstances where praying for material things is necessary. There have been times when I needed not wanted items and had no way to acquire them.

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    1. Agreed, and I think it is covered when we pray for our basic needs to be met, “Give us this day our daily bread”. Yes sometimes life is hard, but God always see us through them, and is always with us 🙂 Isn’t that comforting!

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