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Why Do I Pray

If God is almighty and powerful and His will, will be done regardless why do I pray? Who am I that I will change God's will.

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Luke6:28..pray for those who mistreat you.give nyself,more unto rely on the lord,pray more to friend has just left me to fend for myself,Jesus has give me a strength sure cud not have without God help!amen.
---ELENA on 3/18/12

Can a small boy or girl influence what you do for him or her by asking? If the answer is YES, then know for sure that God will react to your supplications in HIS will. Devils asked the Lord Jesus if they can go into pigs: He allowed them because it is in His will that they go out of the man they were occupying.
---Adetunji on 10/27/09

Human "BEINGS" are completely able to have undying love ("SELF abasement" prevents a person from thinking as a "BEING"/person).

"Unbelief" needs to be addressed.

Mark 9:24
"help my unbelief!".

Mark 16:14
"he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart".

Romans 11:20
"were broken off because of their unbelief".

1 Timothy 1:13
"I had acted ignorantly in unbelief".

Hebrews 3:19
"were unable to enter because of unbelief".

Love for God cannot be forced, you can only have true love for God if He is your wildest dream.

............."faith FOR faith" (Romans 1:17).
---more_excellent_way on 10/14/09

as a parent plans to do one thing to his child. Then the child turns towards the parent looking for that thing the child knows the father is able to provide, in asking the father is moved to do another thing for his child. God lifts up and he puts down, blessed be the name of the Lord. Remember Jezebel's husband King Ahab that God planned and said that he was goiung to destroy? I Kg.21:17-26. Then when Ahab repented, God changed his mind and spared his life. I Kg.21:27-29. So, yes prayer changes things. And remember when Elijah prayed and it did not rain for three years, and then after he prayed again it rained? Yes, the word for us is to pray without ceasing.
---Eloy on 10/14/09

Simplyo, "Come hear, all you that respect God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul. I cried up to him with my mouth, and he was praised with my tongue. If I regard crookedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear: Truly God has heard, he has attended to the voice of my prayer." Psalm 66:16-19.
---Eloy on 10/14/09

More excellent way -- Thanks, you have clarified your view somewhat and used scripture...which always helps.

My only comment is that, I don't believe that any love HUMANS are capable of, can "compare" to that given by our Lord Jesus Christ. Our love, even to the Lord, is flawed by traces of matter how fervent, we are not sinless. HIS love, on the other hand, is pure and boundless. Do you disagree?
---Donna66 on 10/13/09

"all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love UNDYING"...Ephesians 6:24

I see no indication that this is a REQUEST or SUGGESTION. It is a requirement for WALKING WITH JESUS.

When did Jesus ever say that EXCUSES were acceptable?.

The understanding of what love is has been grossly distorted. We are only to have PEACEFUL REGARD for each other. We are to have LOVE (UNDYING love) for the ONLY hero (GOD IN ENTIRETY)....any objections?....

Many have been taught to have objections because the "moneychangers" have always taught a self serving BOOK DEVOTION instead of a LOVE DEVOTION.

If your "love" for God is not comparable to what was given to humanity, then it is not real love.
---more_excellent_way on 10/13/09

more excellent way -- Christ has undying love for us, yes definitely. The love we return, due to our humaness, cannot be quite so dependable...still we can love Him with all our strength, soul and mind.
What do the money changers have to do with this?
---Donna66 on 10/12/09

It is surprising that any person who claims a devotion to Christ would so consistently express objections to UNDYING LOVE for Jesus, but the moneychangers have obviously been very successful in promoting their own agenda of continuously getting our money. Their agenda has been well accomplished.

Jesus has only ONE definition of love for Him....UNDYING love.

"all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love UNDYING"...Ephesians 6:24

1 Corin. 16:22
"If any one has no love for the Lord...".
---more_excellent_way on 10/11/09

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Why would any Christian think they could "return THE SAME amount/intensity of love" displayed by God? It would be impossible. And why would God expect it,
after already having given us unmerited eternal life? For some people there is a spontaneous outpouring. And it's OK. It's Biblical.
Psa 146:1-2
Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Jesus prayed. Luke 6:12
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. He told us John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
---Donna66 on 10/10/09

Now matter how much we human beings are comfortable believing that God actually 'becomes sad' about our decision not to return THE SAME amount/intensity of love that He gave humanity on the cross (this is UNREQUITED love on our part), the truth is that God doesn't need any 'cheering up' with our "many words" of adoration and flattering praise. He calls these "empty phrases" (Matt. 6:7) because they amount to disdain and mockery compared to what He did for us. In fact, He gave everyone who follows in the footsteps of the prideful and have found their 'comfort zone' in the arms of the moneychangers something called the "STRONG delusion.

Matthew 23:15
"a child of hell"

---more_excellent_way on 10/9/09

More excellent way-- How is it possible to "flatter" God?

And because He is interested in our behavior (including thoughts and love) do you think He is not pleased by "mere" words of prayer or adoration?
---Donna66 on 10/9/09

I do not "glorify" God with mere words of "prayer" and flattery, nor do I inform Him about everything that I don't like (complain)...I ENDURE my misfortunes and sufferings.

It is my daily behavior, thoughts and love FOR HIM that "glorify" Him.

I desire that HIS will be done no matter what (He knows what is best for me and what I should have for my spiritual growth/LOVE DEVOTION to Him).
---more_excellent_way on 10/9/09

I pray to honor and glorify His magnificent majesty to show thanks and appreciation for so many things He and His awesome son and the Holy spirit has done will be doing and will do for all humanity. You don't know but my dear 86 year old father past away yesterday and still I thank God for his perfect wisdom and purpose for my dad . I miss him already but now at least I am certain he is in God's arms and I will see him when it is God's will or purpose for that to happen. I believe that all things are possible through Jesus Christ who empowers me (by his amazing grace) Rest in Jesus . Have faith be an encourager.
---Tom on 10/7/09

Hi, I believe that you missunderstand God's will. God gave us free will that we have control of and God does'nt force us to come to him. You have to understand that God does not send you to hell, but it is you and your iniquity (willfull sin) that puts you there. Prayer is the way you talk with God in your relationship with him. I wish I had more time to go into it with you, but study God, and as you mature, you'll get to know his will.
---Buzz on 10/6/09

Contrary to popular belief, there should be no public prayer or any worship with "lips"/sound. If we choose to have a 'love devotion', all prayer SHOULD be PRIVATE...(and not an 'IDENTICAL' relationship)...

Romans 14:22
"The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God"...

...(every person was given a "measure of faith").

Matthew 6:6
"when you pray, go into your room and SHUT THE DOOR".

1 Corinthians 15:28
"that God may be everything to..." each of us.

Amos 5:21
"I HATE, I despise your feasts and your solemn assemblies".

The kind of love God gave to humanity at the cross has gone unrequited.

Verses from RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 10/5/09

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I pray about my praying. I have little desire to pray publicly. But very much enjoy private prayer. I like to talk to God as though we were buddies, and I realized a long time ago that if I ask something amiss or something which I should not be asking about that the Lord will quickly look over my ignorance and forgive me. I believe praying is a two-way street, I'm talking and the Lord is listening. Many of my prayers have nothing to do with petitions unto the Lord but rather praise to the Lord for his gracious mercy shown us. Truth is I like to brag on the Lord for only he has any characteristics worth bragging about. I can honestly say that the Lord has answered affirmatively my most important prayers.
---mima on 10/5/09

I pray for many reasons and so should you. You sound like someone that needs spiritual knowledge and understanding.
Prayer is fellowship with Our Father God.Just to be close and near to Him
Prayer is a time to love on God,worship Him, praise Him for all He has done for us, our family,friends, our country etc...
Prayer is praying for our families,friends and so on(intercessory prayer)
Praying(asking for our needs)family,friends and so on
Prayer is a time of rest and comfort for our souls
Prayer is a time of refreshing.Just being quiet before God. We dont even have to speak
Prayer is a privilege and a wonderful gift to share with others
This is just a short list. Hope I have helped some
---Robyn on 10/2/09

We should WANT God's will to be done!!....

.......(TRUE or FALSE?). what possible sense does it make that we should want to "change His mind"????

Many bad attitudes and irrationalities have been taught in the church of man, but nobody has been able to notice them because of "self abasement" and pride. The strong delusion was only MADE AVAILABLE by God, but is actually SELF IMPOSED because mankind's true desire is that...

...God's will won't be done (so who is 666?).
---more_excellent_way on 10/1/09

It is not uncommon that bad devotional attitudes develop and are in conflict with a sincere relationship and humility.

Whenever Jesus prayed, He prayed to His Father for STRENGTH TO ENDURE what He was going through.

Jesus did not pray in order to be condescending, flatter, patronize, complain or plead that goodness be done (as seems to be the habit/attitude that has always been carelessly allowed).

We need to endure our misfortunes and the rigors of life instead of complain to God about them. We cannot be taught the error of our way or learn from our trials if we are going to complain.

Matthew 24:13
"He who endures to the end will be saved".
---more_excellent_way on 9/30/09

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Another point:

The prayers of the righteous does a lot of good in the world - like healing - that will show proof that God does indeed exist to the recipient.
---Steveng on 9/2/09

Oh, and by the way, you also need to be very specific about your prayers and have a righteous heart.

As for changing God's mind: many godly people have changed God's mind. The one that comes to mind is Abraham. God was going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Abraham asked if He would destroy them if there were a certain number of godly people in those cities and God said He wouldn't. Even though God knew the number, Abraham could have changed God's mind.
---Steveng on 9/1/09

The Bible says to ask (pray) and you will receive. If you don't pray, you will NOT get. This is not just for things, but situations. The Bible says to speak (pray or say) to the mountain (situation) to be removed. Jesus prayed often, and had MUCH power. If Jesus did it, it says we are to do it.
---Leslie on 9/1/09

These are all beautiful, enlightened responses.
"It's not about changing God's will, but OUR will".--Cluny on 8/30
That is the bottom line. Simplyo, are you listening?:o)
---josef on 8/30/09

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Prayer is simply communicating WITH God. It's mankind's link with God. If you're looking for a more meaningful prayer life, pray in the spirit - not from the mind. Pray as though you are writing a diary or talking with a close friend. Talk with God about what is happening in your daily life - about what makes you happy, sad, angry. God is always listening - always. And use the Sabbath days to hear him.

Take the Lord's pray as an example as though you were addressing a friend - "Hey, [friend]" should be "Hello, Father."

"Father, who is in Heaven, holy is your name..." You acknowledge him as you do an earthly friend.
---Steveng on 8/30/09

God's will is that we become increasingly perfect as he is- perfect.
True prayer is devoting time to place ourselves in the presence of God enabling ourselves to recieve instruction ,enjoy the communion and to develop relationship as would a parent and child.
God's will is the law of the universe,the great law and the law is.I do not see that his will is in need of adjustment -a perfect will,unchanging forever.
I do not see that prayer will ever change his will but prayer will surely change our's.We are in constant need of adjustment.
Prayer cannot change tomorrow for he has seen tomorrow and has the appropriate response to our prayer.
God does not get enough credit for giving us a helping hand.
---earl on 8/30/09

The purpose of prayer is to bring our minds, hearts, wills, souls, etc., in touch with God to know HIS will for our lives.

It's not about changing God's will, but OUR will.
---Cluny on 8/30/09

"If God is almighty and powerful and His will, will be done regardless why do I pray?"
Prayer is not an attempt to overcome the Fathers' reluctance, but rather a way for us to embrace His willingness.
A way for us to be reminded of His promises and to voice our faith in those promises.
A way for us to express the sacrifice of praise during times of hardship as we make supplications for strength and deliverance, and to offer unto Him thanksgiving, with rejoicing, as we declare His work during our times of comfort and convenience.
---josef on 8/30/09

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1st of all, prayer is NOT about changing God's will though many believe that is its purpose. It is about seeking the face of God and understanding His will and bringing ourselves into alignment(agreement) with Him. As we earnestly seek to understand His purpose in certain situations, we draw closer to Him and feel more secure in His strength.
---tommy3007 on 8/30/09

How would you feel if, as a parent, your child said, "Why should I talk to my parents, since they always get their way anyway?"

The purpose of prayer is to communicate love, gratitude, praise and worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Petitioning Him for things should be our last priority.

God is not a "Santa" in the sky to take a wish list to, and hope he gives us what we want. He is the creator of the world who sent His Son to die for us so we might have an intimate relationship with Him.
---Trish9863 on 8/29/09

It's part of God's system of communication all through Himself. He includes us in the process. He is organized, with formed words included. Isaiah 55:11 >

"'So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth,
.It shall not return to Me void,
.But it shall accomplish what I please,
.And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.'"

So, God's word shall do all that He pleases . . . which *He* means by His word > so Jesus Christ's words of prayer (John chapter 17) shall accomplish all God means. And the words *He* has us praying are His words to do what He means, better than what we can hope (o: So, prayer is submission to share in doing His thing (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/30/09

prayer is a form of worship,it also is communication when you eventually become mature enough and prayer becomes something you are asking for others,and not for yourself.also scripture says we have not because we ask not.jesus prayed to god,do you believe he didn,t know Gods will?
---tom2 on 8/29/09

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