I struggle with prayer. I understand it’s supposed to be like having a conversation with God. I get that part. What I struggle with is reconciling verses like “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) with the knowledge that God has a plan and purpose and sometimes to fit his purpose the answer is no. I even struggle with praying to ask for anything. Generic examples: praying for a job, praying for healing, praying for x, y or z to happen– I don’t see a point in praying for these things. That is because I trust that God is Sovereign and He holds every moment of my life in His hands. I don’t need to ask for things like this because I know that they are woven into His plan and at the perfect time He will unveil them. Even as I write this I know it must not be right, because we are told to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. God wants us to pray to Him, but in this context it doesn’t make sense. I certainly understand praying to praise God or praying just to spend time with Him, but praying for a friend to be healed from a terminal illness… I don’t get it. God has already decided the moment that person will be taken from this earth and perhaps He is going to do it through this illness. Am I to change God’s mind with my prayers?
Does anyone else struggle with this or am I over-thinking it too much? Sound off in the comments section below!