Forms of Prayer Include 
Prayers To Ask God To Provide

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The following faith article is a discussion prompted by the question:
"Is it is appropriate to ask God for what we want?"

My answer to this question has changed over time.
You of course will have your own views, which you are very welcome to share in the forums.

Do we let God decide for us?

In the Catholic Christian tradition the form of prayer which asks for a specific outcome is called a prayer of petition.
An example would be: "Dear God, let me do well in this English exam."

As a Catholic Christian I was not brought up to use this form of prayer to pray for specific things for myself.



Belief in God often goes with the belief that God knows better than you what would be best for you, and therefore the desire for Him to decide for you.
Religious teaching therefore leans more towards simply allowing oneself to reconnect with God in such a way as to allow Him into your life to guide it.

In my experience, Muslims are particularly strong on the idea of allowing God to decide what happens. They communicate this with the words Insha'Allah, meaning “God willing”.
It is the equivalent of “Thy will be done” in the Lord’s Prayer.
In the same way, some Christians add “(if it) please God” after saying what they wish to happen.

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More than ever, I am committed to allowing God to decide for me.

But I now also believe that when we think we are letting God decide for us, we are often allowing ourselves to receive only what our environment and genetics have programmed us to receive.

I believe in us choosing what we need and asking for it, but in the spirit of allowing God's guidance to lead us to a life that serves Him and thereby all others.

Can God give us what we ask for?

As a child, I don’t know that I even thought of God as being able to operate in the world to give me what I wanted. Yet, this wasn’t very logical as I prayed for health for other people, and my prayers as a child were frequently answered.

I now believe in a field of infinite possibilities within which we can attract much of what we ask for.

Is it right to pray to get something you want?

We are supposed to expect God to meet our physical needs

I believe that we are supposed to expect God to meet our physical as well as our spiritual needs. I find support for this view in the Bible.

The more I expect to be provided for, the more my experience confirms it, and I now expect God to work in my physical world.

This or something better

At the same time, I also allow room for divine guidance. I set my intention and let it go.

A poem about prayer

On Its Way

If you have a sense of an 
all-loving
all-powerful
omnipresent God,
then pray.

Say clearly what you want
then rest in confidence.
This or something better 
is on its way. 


It's OK to have a parent who has the resources and the love to give you everything you ask for. 

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:16, KJV esword)

© Katherine T Owen, 2009

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Read about how to use spiritual quotes as part of a program of mind discipline towards keeping your mind focused on the vision held in your prayer.

Affirmations and visualisations are forms of prayer

I plan to say more about forms of prayer you can use to see physical changes in your world in a section entitled
The Law of Attraction.
The forms of prayer mentioned will include affirmations and visualisations.

Affirmations and visualisations are often not thought of as prayers because they are not addressed to a Creator.
Nonetheless, they call on the knowledge that the power of the Creator flows through us all. 

For me, this makes them forms of prayer nonetheless.

I leave you with a quote from A Course In Miracles. This is a spiritual book which talks of the world as an illusion.
Yet it also acknowledges that God reaches us in this world of physical form.

ACIM quote on changes in the physical world through spiritual practice

“His gentle Voice is calling from the known to the unknowing.
He would comfort you, although He knows no sorrow.
He would make a restitution, though He is complete;
a gift to you, although He knows that you have everything already.
He has Thoughts which answer every need His [Child] perceives, although He sees them not.
For Love must give,
and what is given in His Name takes on the form most useful in a world of form.”
(W-186, A Course In Miracles spiritual quote)

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