Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions: Why do we pray? If God knows what we need before we even ask, what is the point then for our prayer? Can our prayer change anything? Can it change Gods plan? I most likely don’t fully understand the answers to all of these questions my self, but there is something that came to mind when thinking about this.
First of all, I believe that God does answers prayers, and wants us to pray all the time. But, instead of answering these questions, I want to discuss one of the reasons when we pray, we should take in consideration. When reading John Pipers book, called this Momentary Marriage, I realized that marriage is to Glorify God, and I applied this to my everyday life and prayer. I started praying with this thought in mind: If something terrible happened in my life or someone else’s, first thing I would say to God is to fix this particular situation, as if God was unaware or was patiently waiting for my prayer to finally fix, heal, restore, or what ever the circumstance might be. I realized that one of the reasons why God would wants me to pray is for Him to be Glorified, to let me know that He is enough, and it is because of Him that everything comes to pass. I think God wants us to realize that we need to seek him in such situations not just for Him to help us out, but Him first most, and trust that what ever happens for better or for worse, is part of his ultimate plan and that this is best for me. It is totally normal for me to pray for my healing when I’m sick, but I think if I knew Gods plan, my prayer could be completely different. What would be the point of an individual getting sick, then he prays for healing, gets healed and life moves along as if nothing happened? If no lesson was learned, the least that should of happened is that God should of been glorified to the fullest, and His glory and mercy is displayed to the world through your life showing that God is in the center of your life and you live your life as if nothing matters except Him, and to glorify Him.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12)
So when I pray, I try to pray something along these lines: God you know everything, and everything is in your hand. You already know what I’m going to say. You know the desires of my heart and know what I desperately want from you. But I pray that you would be glorified through my life and my life would show the world that you are enough, even in my sorrow. Teach me through this how to seek you desperately, and to trust you and rejoice knowing that you are my God who is on my side and that you loved me first. Please help me understand your ways, and grow closer to you more than ever.