Prayer, as such, means asking.
In the palace system, they prayed the monarch for a favorable heariing.
In the judicial system, litigants pray the court for what each side believes to be justice.
Likewise, in the courts of heaven, prayer is asking.
That’s is why the BIble reiterates the point again and again.
Many Christians pray they way they would “window shop” They spend hours praying, without expecting to bring home anything!
It is not real prayer if it does not contain a definite petition, something you ask of God.
I’ve been out shopping with my wife and a lady friend of hers, and the latter’s husband. While the two women are in the mall “shopping”, the other man and I do “mall walking”, we walk around and around the corridors, counting our steps. There have been times when we have counted 2,200 steps, which for me is the equivalent of a mile. Then we have checked on our wives, who had bought nothing, then they moved to another shop in the mall, and ended up buying “a small handbag” which they thought a bargain.
The Bible says:
One who asks is expecting to receive, one who seeks is expecting to find something, one who knocks is expecting the door to be opened.
But to go through the process without expecting to get anything in return is not the sense of the Bible promises.
There are several Greek words usually translated as ask. Some of them mean ask in the sense of inquire, ask a quesion, investigate, interrogate.
The other is aiteo which means ask, desire, crave, call for. That’s the word used in the Matthew passage.
Liberal theologians don’t really believe tha prayer changes things other than make us “feel good” That is why with a prideful sense of superirity, they refuse to accept that prayer is asking, and the answer to prayer is receiving.
The BIble refers to God as “Thou that hearest prayer,” (Psalm 65:2), and teaches tha God “is a rewarder of them that dilgently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) The liberal theologian teaches otherwise. He teaches that prayer is a liturgical rite, a meditation , a “communion”,”friendship with God” “lifting of our hearts and minds to God”. They teach that prayer does something good inside of us,and that praying for things is selfish that it is “childish supplication” that treats God as a sort of Santa Claus.
Prayer is not worship, praise, adoration, meditation
It is good and proper to worship God in spirit and in truth, for He seeks worship.
But prayer is not worship.
It is good to praise God in every situation.
But paise is not payer.
It is good to meditate in the Word of God day and night (Psalm 1:2
But prayer is not meditation.
Prayer is asking.