Prayer Is Cooperating With God In The Process
When it comes to refining your connection with heaven, I’m not talking about a thirty-step plan to reorganize your prayer life. I’m not talking about a “do this to get stuff” system.
I’m talking about refining the character of the person who desires to engage in continual fellowship with Jesus.
A lot of people question what they can and can’t pray for. They don’t know if what they’re praying for is selfish or Biblical.
God is sovereign. He is in control of all things great and small. He governs the universe according to His will.
But we are not puppets. And we are not resigned or limited to some inescapable fate that we play no part in.
In fact, it’s God’s will that we cooperate with Him in the process.
“But if God knows what things we have need of before we ask him, where lies the advantage of prayer? If he is ready, of His own free will, to assist us, what purpose does it serve to employ our prayers, which interrupt the spontaneous course of His providence? The very design of prayer furnishes an easy answer. Believers do not pray, with the view of informing God about things unknown to Him, or of exciting Him to His duty, or of urging Him as though He were reluctant. On the contrary, they pray, in order that they may arouse themselves to seek Him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on His promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into His bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from Him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things. God Himself, on the other hand, has purposed freely, and without being asked, to bestow blessings upon us; but He promises that He will grant them to our prayers. We must therefore, maintain both of these truths, that He freely anticipates our wishes, and yet that we obtain by prayer what we ask.” –John Calvin
So God knows what we need before we ask and yet He promises to bless and answer prayer, when we, with words and cries and thoughts toward God ask, seek and knock.
God blesses and responds to our living connection to Jesus.