Post # 1
Prayer is an area that I kind of struggle with. I tend to get discouraged when prayers go unanswered or things in general don’t seem to go right. I may not have the right approach to prayer in general.
What is your approach to prayer? Do you pray daily?
Post # 2
I’m surprised that no one has come back to you on this. It’s a very valid, important and difficult question.
Actually, I too struggle with prayer, whether doing it in the first place, or knowing what to say. I also wish God would make things much clearer. ‘Discerning his will’ is like finding a dropped earring in a vat of pea soup.
I am also sometimes angry with God. When bad things happen – the war in Syria, the ferry overturning with all those young teenagers aboard – I think of all the prayers from frantic and desperate people going up to God unanswered. I want to say to God, “If you love us so much how can you bear to do nothing?”
So you see, I’m in a similar situation to you. The only comfort I have is in our shared humanity and knowing that God is with us in all things.
As far as prayer is concerned I don’t think there is a right way or a wrong way to pray. I think we just have to pray.
And if I ever meet God I’m going to be asking him lots of questions.
Post # 3
Kacey23: Please see previous comments.
Also, I ought to pray daily but I don’t. I suspect that God is still pleased to hear from me. 🙂
Post # 4
This is a tough subject for me too. Sometimes God tells you to wait, and that is an answer to your prayer, just not the one you wanted. Sometimes the answer is something that you don’t realize or it isn’t what you wanted, but they are still answers. Say you’re hungry and pray for pancakes with butter and lots of syrup…and God gives you a salad with no dressing. It’s an answer to your prayer, just not the one you wanted. He, in fact, gave you something that was so much better for you. That’s a stupid analogy, I’m sorry. I sometimes feel the same way so I don’t really know what to say. But, I wanted to acknowledge you & your question.
Post # 5
About the unanswered prayers – the best piece of advice I’ve ever received in this was to pray to God that your wishes are also His wishes, as in, the things you want for yourself and the things He wants for you are the same. It requires a lot of deep digging in yourself, but in the end, when you actually start praying for wanting the same things God wants for you, it gets a lot easier.
Also, remember that God’s answer might have been a ‘no’ to your prayers. I think that is a thing we tend to forget. Or maybe He just wants you to wait
Best of luck, though, I know how difficult it can be sometimes to pray
Post # 6
Kacey23: Any thoughts on the replies?
Post # 7
I definitely don’t pray like I should. It’s easy to come up with excuses not to such as being tired or just busy. I thought the responses were interesting! I always like to get different perspectives on the issues.
Post # 8
Kacey23: Prayer is a wonderful gift! One that even I at times forget to take full advantage of.. Something that we can constantly work on… Prayer is a conversation with God, he gave us a model to follow, as his son Jesus outlined for us in Matthew 6 starting at verse 9… He showed is what should be our priority.. so we should look to that prayer as A guideline to our prayers.. First and formost his fathers Name to be sanctified, what is that name and how do we sanctify it? Let your kingdom come and your will take place as in heaven Also upon earth… Praying in harmony with these pleas are in harmony with Gods will.. So really fully understanding Jesus’s words we can use it as our model to pray To God. Jesus prayed to his father and we see how his prayers were answered, doing a further study on the content of his prayers could give us some guidance in this very important matter.(John 17) After all he is our great exempler, came to earth to help us and teach us the way to live including having the best personal relationship with God possible. Like others have said maybe he wants your to be patient and wait on his answers BC he does answer us at the right time. believing that he has your best interest in mind and having a waiting attitude shows your trust in him. But by continuing to persevere in prayer it will draw you close to God and he will also draw close to you. (James 4:8) an we have to remember something very important.. God answers prayers thru a few avenues and one very important way is thru HIS WORD The BIBLE.. We should make a habit of reading it everyday and applying what we read. Hope this helps! Keep up it up!! He’s there and wants to be YOUR friend.