Prayer and Attitudes

Hi blog. Long time, no posting. I have something that's been weighing on my mind, and by jove, I'm going to write about it.

Did I just seriously say 'by jove'? Wow. Well, let's continue.

I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I have seen God do some amazing things through it. I have often heard my dad preach about prayer, being patient and waiting on God to answer your prayers, and being persistent. He said once that he wondered how often we were incredibly close to having our prayers answered, but then we give up and we lose out on a blessing. I wonder that myself. I'm guilty of it myself, but I'm attempting to do better.

However, I've recently been wondering about another aspect of prayer. And that is attitude. More specifically, I've been wondering if sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers because we're praying with the wrong kind of attitude. Maybe we're praying out of anger (guilty!) or something else, but it's still not the kind of attitude we should have. Don't get me wrong, I know God understands when we're angry, or frustrated, and I believe it's okay to tell Him those things. I know I do. I am meaning when you continually pray for something/someone and harbor ill feelings/etc.

I once heard a statement that went "Get mad, then get over it". I believe there is a lot of truth to that. We're human, we're going to get mad. But the key is to then 'get over it'. I think that God will help us with that part, if we'll let Him. I know it isn't easy, but I think that's what is expected of us.

I know I've been angry/frustrated/etc before, and have prayed for things that I now realize weren't the right kind of things to pray for. I wasn't praying how I needed to pray. I wasn't praying with the right kind of attitude. So now, I'm doing my best to consider my attitude when I pray. Am I praying for things I would pray for even if I wasn't upset? Am I praying as Jesus prayed?
And sometimes, when I honestly don't know how to pray for a situation that's causing me problems, I just tell God about it and then ask Him to fix it as only He can. I don't know how to solve some of the problems and issues that I come across, but He knows, and He can. So I just ask Him to!

I hope maybe this will help someone, somewhere, should they need it. I'm sorry if it seems rambly and random, but it was in my head and needed to come out.

Until next time!