A quick question about prayer
My husband came home tonight and gave me some bad news about our business that we own: one of our biggest clients is considering leaving us. If this comes to pass it would be a huge challenge for us and mean a ton of extra work for him, which seems almost impossible considering how hard he already works.
I was thinking about this while putting my son to bed and realized that this is a good opportunity to practice praying. But I got stuck on the same issue that always keeps me from getting very far with prayer (other than the obvious fact that I'm not sure if I believe in God): are you supposed to ask God for things? Isn't that kind of bossing him around? I mean, what if it's part of God's plan that this client leaves us?
I don't think I'm ever going to believe that every single thing that transpires on earth is God's will, but I do think it's possible that at least some things are. And considering that I have no idea which of those things might be part of God's will and which aren't, I feel silly and unjustified expressing a request to God that things go a certain way.
What do most people do when they pray about difficult situations? Is it OK to ask for specific situations to turn out a certain way, or are you just supposed to ask God to give you the strength to help him implement whatever it is that is his will?
Any thoughts on this would be helpful, because I've never really been able to pray because of this issue.