Someone recently asked me if I prayed for my fitness studio- the one that closed down. By this they meant, did I pray for it to remain open and for the business to expand. "You've prayed for everything else in your life, did you pray for your business?" She asked me.
"Of course not," I said. "That would be a little selfish, wouldn't it?"
I'd rather pray for my family and for peace on earth. I felt that praying for objects, a better body, success and money was a form of greed. Instead, I decided to just work hard, use the law of attraction, and MAKE it happen. If I put it out into the Universe, it will happen.
"I still don't understand," she said. "If you believe... if you have faith, then why don't you pray for your ultimate dreams and desires?"
I couldn't respond, because I didn't know.
For some reason, I didn't want to burden God. I didn't want to ask him for "frivolous" things like a fitness studio. I wanted to "use" my prayers to ask for forgiveness, more meaningful relationships with my family and friends, and good health." I never want to be a burden on anyone- parents, friends and especially God. I thought it was dissolute to ask for such things.
So I asked myself, what do I pray for?
I used to pray for everything. I would have actual conversations with God. I asked for love, job and financial security, and the ability to support my family, guidance, support, wisdom, courage, and self-confidence, direction, calmness, etc. the list goes on..
Sometimes I prayed so hard tears would pour from my eyes. Now, I give God two minutes of my time and I'm off to bed.
Hmmm.... I think it's about time that I turn this computer off, do some push ups and then get on my hands and knees and pray.