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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.
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.
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
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.
More than ever, I am committed to allowing God to decide for me.
I 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 choosing what I need and asking for it.
I believe in asking for what I want in prayer, combined with an attitude of allowing God's guidance to lead me to a life that serves Him and thereby all others.
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.
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 that my expectation is appropriate.
However, I still have many blocks to believing that God works in such a practical way.
I also allow room for divine guidance. My aim is to set my vision for a positive change in my world, and let it go with an attitude of
"In your hands, Lord.
This or something better."
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.
“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)
“You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you,
for you will answer me.”
(Psalm 86:5-7, NIV)
Read and choose from a List of Prayers on this spiritual website.