– Martin Luther
The Bible says that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). This doesn’t mean God only owns a thousand hills and all the cattle on them. In fact, the whole earth is His because He created it. He has ownership over all that is, including all we have and even our own selves (1 Corinthians 6:20). So why shouldn’t we pray if we have a need? God has it all; and He’s a good God, willing to share His blessings with us.
God reigns supreme. Where the Supreme Court rules, He overrules because He is God over all of His creation, including His creatures (us!). So tap into God’s power for whatever it is you need. It’s not right to pray for all we want because wants and needs are not the same thing. We might want something, but God knows better what we need than we do. In fact, He knows our needs before they even come to our attention. So why not pray to the God Who can do whatever He pleases?
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s will to be done here on earth as it’s already being done in heaven. Jesus instructed them (and us) to pray for God’s kingdom to come. We know this is His will, but also pray for His will to be done here on earth (Matthew 6:10), particularly in our lives. If we seek God’s will, we will have our prayers in alignment with God’s will. Prayer is indispensable. We shouldn’t leave home without it.
The Apostle Paul was a great man of prayer, knowing that everything depended on it, which is why he wrote we should “pray without ceasing” (1st Thess 5:17), and when praying, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1st Thess 5:18). Since this is God’s will, that ought to be our will too.