“Thus, prayer becomes not so much a matter of asking for something as it is a means of life and growth of the inner person.”
I have nearly stopped asking for things in prayer. I have even stopped asking for ‘good’ things, like specific intervention prayers for others. Instead, I ask that God’s will be done in their lives and that they be reconciled to His will. Instead of asking for things for myself, I try to talk to God as if He is the Counselor He claims to be in Scripture. I ask Him why I do the things I do. I ask Him to help me understand my responses to certain situations; why I got mad at someone, or why I’m feeling lonely. Sometimes I will look at the seat next to me and speak to God as if He is sitting there. Instead of asking God for things I am learning to invite Him into all areas of my life. I am growing with Him, and I am trying to let Him lead the way.
For example, instead of striving for wealth and success, I ask God what He wants me to do. That’s tough sometimes because there is a little voice in my head that tells me I will die an unknown nobody if I don’t achieve. I don’t have a great answer for that little voice. I know I am supposed to believe that I am a precious child of God, but sometimes telling myself that sounds cliché.
I talk to God about these feelings as well, asking Him to help me understand my inner soul. Why do I feel like a nobody who needs to ‘achieve’? Who taught me that lesson? Why do I think it’s true? When I talk with God about these things, He will sometimes answer: I learned this from my father, who taught me that I needed to always try my hardest and achieve to the fullest of my ability.
If others could hear your prayers, would they think you were talking with Jesus Christ or Santa Claus?