What else can I pray for?

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April 8, 2020

I feel like like I’ve ran out of things to pray for. Somethings I’ve prayed for and I was given them other things I’ve prayed for 15 years and nothing’s changed.

I’m currently at a point where I don’t really know what else to pray for. I’ve given thanks to all that I have and where I am in life. I’ve prayed for other people. I’ve prayed for personal/family matters which sort of go unanswered majority of the time.

I know prayer works, although having patience can be difficult.

What else can I pray for? I want to talk to God but lately I’ve had nothing to say. I’ve kneeled for hours to listen and never got anything.

Am I too comfortable? What do you during these “droughts”?

I’m even tired of asking or requesting things because the silence is demoralizing. I feel like a spoiled kid just asking for things like it’s my birthday. Im runnin on empty.

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Title What else can I pray for?
Author agoodcrayon
Upvotes 4
Comments 10
Date 08 April 2020 04:24 AM UTC (1 year ago)
Subreddit askRPC
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/361194
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/askRPC/comments/fwzoc4/what_else_can_i_pray_for/
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[–]Deep_Strength4 points5 points  (2 children) | Copy

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: (1) ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 (2)‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 (3) ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12 (4) ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 (5) ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

Look at the components of Jesus teaching us how to pray:

  1. Praise and glory God
  2. Make sure your prayers align with what God wants done on the earth and not your own will
  3. Be content and grateful for God providing us for our needs for each day (also see Matthew 6:25-34)
  4. Be ready to forgive others for hurting us as God has forgiven us. Let God have the vengeance
  5. Helps us to resist temptation to do evil (take off the old self, and by extension put on the new self to do good Ephesians 4)

In general, it looks like you're missing the main point of prayer on #2. When Jesus says that if you pray to the Father and He'll do whatever you ask, He's talking in the context of alignment of your will with the Father's as well (since we follow God, and God knows our needs and hears our prayers).

For example, I never fail to have my prayers answered if I ask for opportunities to grow in the fruit of the Spirit. If I pray for humility, I'm almost always placed in situations where I can practice that in my daily life. If I pray for opportunities to evangelize to others, or if I pray for opportunities to bless others there will almost never be a shortage of opportunities.

The Christian walk and by extension our mission (including prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, fasting, etc) is not about what God can do for you (God as a vending machine.. which obviously He is not) but helping us grow in faith and maturity in Christ and grow the body of Christ, make disciples, and evangelize to others.

[–]agoodcrayon[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Thanks man. I needed this.

[–]Deep_Strength1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

You're welcome.

I think too often in the western world, God gets used as the vending machine or crutch where He just helps us do our own thing. That's not what God is about. We need to focus on aligning our will (and by extension our prayers) to Him. It's truly tough, but it is fruitful!

Often times, we are the answer to the prayers we pray... if we're asking God for help in reconciling with family or friends, He gives us the strength to approach the conflict with kindness and love providing that answer to pray. Funny how that works.

[–]redwall921 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Sounds like you need a mission that's difficult to accomplish.

When my children come to me and ask me what to do. I'll typically give them two options (since they're my children). I'll let them know that if they need help finding something to do ... I can come up with something that they have to get done. I'll also let them know that they can figure out what they want to do for themselves with their own time. As they get older, that first option is to be more dreaded.

What do you want to do in life? What do you want to do today/tomorrow/two years from now? Maybe you're not challenging yourself enough? If things are going smoothly, then raise the bar for yourself. Head for the rough waters.

[–]agoodcrayon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This makes sense, I’ve gotta do the thing.

[–]Willow-girl0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

As they get older, that first option is to be more dreaded.

Haha, my mom used this tactic! A classic. :-)

[–]Continuous-Metanoia1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Buy this book. It will change your prayer life.


[–]agoodcrayon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks will do.

[–]NoFaithInThisSub0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I’ve prayed for personal/family matters which sort of go unanswered majority of the time.

Pray to find out why that is, and ask GOD to shape you a usable vessel.

[–]Willow-girl-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Pray with your hands ... (because we are God's hands ...)

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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