I have always been stymied by the reasons for prayers that are not gratitude based. This is certainly not limited to Christianity; I am not suggesting that it is, but I hear Christians do it regularly. Could someone explain the reasoning to me?
To be clear, a prayer of thanksgiving makes sense to me: i.e. Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon our family. However, assuming that there is a God and that He is omniscient, all-powerful and loves us - why ask? Taking a Christian perspective here: God loves me and has a plan for me that is more amazing than I could ever dream of. He will, if I let Him, use me as He see's fit for His greater glory and perhaps even the betterment of all. How then can I pray that I do well in this interview or that I get this job? It seems that perhaps a prayer for His will, not mine, be done - and that only to remind myself. More serious, I see people pray for the swift recovery of their loved ones or to have them live through some tragic accident but again, how could what I think is best possibly trump what God knows is best?
I can certainly understand the human weakness that might beg God to save the life of their child - but even as a non-Christian, I can see how their death might lead to a new law that saves thousands of lives or how, in death, their passing with a smile on their face as they go home might inspire the doctors and nurses struggling to save their life and thereby bring even more people to Christ...then those people go home and influence their spouses and children who influence their ... etc.
I don't know the plan, or how one thing can influence things in a totally unexpected way. But I know that it can. To me, there is no grand plan behind events and yet... I find that I am unable to label events as good or bad because I don't know what will come of them. So I don't know if getting turned down for this job is a good thing or a bad thing. I can't even know if losing my child is a good thing or a bad thing. Anyway, I am just confused and don't understand the reasons people have for praying for specific things.
I have heard it said that God wants to hear from his children. He likes us to come to Him with our requests but as a father myself...my daughters will be better served trusting me rather than trusting in what they think they need for themselves.
Thanks for any attention you can give this post.