Prayer is Asking God to Help a Friend

My friend had a need I could not meet. I told another friend and he provided for her need.

Jesus told us that prayer is like that. “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I have nothing for him to eat . . . if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence (Luke 11:5-8).'”

From Anneliese Rider – When Thank You is Hard to Pray

“Sometimes the doctor calls with the awful news, your car breaks down on the side of the road for the fifth time in a month, or life just doesn’t go as planned. When that happens, gratitude is never your (my) first response.

There’s no formula for expressing gratitude when you’re too numb to respond, so I don’t have an answer here. The best idea I can give: tell your unedited feelings to the One who sees—and years down the road, if time has healed enough to show you any positive outcome from the situation, say thank you then.”* (bold mine)

*http://www.annelieserider.com/blog/2018/11/24/late-thank-youspt-4

Pharaoh on Prayer

Pharaoh asked Moses to . . .
     “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away” (Exodus 8:8).
     “Plead for me” (Exodus 8:28).
     “Plead with the Lord for me, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail
     (Exodus 9:28).
     “Plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me” (Exodus 10:17).

Pharaoh saw God answer prayer. So can you.