To many people waste words when they pray, somethings are just to foolish for God and other things just don’t have anything to do with what he wants in your life. God said His word would not return to Him void (that’s Isaiah 55 verse 11). He is not interested in your opinion or what you think should happen. If you read your Bible you will know what to talk to Him about.
In the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 it God said: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This is important for you to remember because it is also written in the book of Isaiah that your ways and thoughts are not like His ways and thoughts; He said His ways and thoughts are higher than yours. (That is found in the book of Isaiah chapter 55 verses 8 and 9- look it up!)
People keep telling God what they want and what they think and how they think things should be done. When things do not go according to their plans they say God said ‘no’.
I know I am going against popular opinion when I say this but: God does not say ‘No’! Again it is written: In the book of Second Corinthians Chapter one verses eighteen through twenty:
“But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No But for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us- by me, Silvanus, and Timothy- was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
Did you get that? “Through the glory of God.” You asking for stuff that does not even reach heaven. God did not say No.
Now some people say: I pray God’s promises and I did not get what I prayed for. Get your Bible again and read in the book of Romans:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)
When you talk to God in prayer the first conversation you should have is that of acknowledging His son as Lord and Savior. You have to fully understand and appreciate what it means to be saved because then you will know what and how to pray. To many people pray for things God already gave them.
Personally, I think your prayers should be more praise and worship than petition.
In both 2nd Corinthians and Romans Scripture talks about the glory of God. God wants you to look good so that He looks good ACCORDING TO His purpose and plans for your life. In other words your conversation to Him HAS TO agree with His reason for bringing you into this world.
A missionary in Pakistan does not need the newest Lamborghini.
You ever had one of your children or someone you know say something so outlandish that you don’t even respond? That’s what God does. He does not say “no” He doesn’t have to.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays by Marsha L F Randolph