Prayer 4: Asking God

Don’t be afraid to ask God for what you need.

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Article 4 of 5 in the series Lori Palatnik on Prayer

Comments (8)

(7) Neicee, February 3, 2015 4:58 PM

Thank you

The older I get the more I find that the only reason most people pray is for something, rather than just saying "Good Morning Father" or " thank you - that was a lovely surprise." I'm not afraid to ask for anything but certainly enjoy knowing I did say something so simple as "Thanks for another beautiful day." Thank you too Lori for helping us see how easy it is to believe in our creator. Your words are always encouraging.

(6) Anonymous, January 28, 2015 7:35 AM

Prayer 4: Asking God

Thank you, this talk was helpful.
Many of us avoid praying for the little things but Lori has put it in perspective. It has made me rethink about prayer.

(5) Lisa, January 28, 2015 2:27 AM

this concept adds a whole new dimension to prayer!!

Yes....we can & should ask GD for anything!
On the flip side we must always say Thank You!
If you give a present to someone & they shower you with , I love it, thank you for thinking of me, well, you'll definitely want to give that person more!!
I wish we would have learned this concept in school....davening would have meant so much more!!

(4) Knut Franckenstein, January 28, 2015 12:57 AM

simply ask

... and you will get an answer

nothing is too big or too small, there is enough Love for everyone

(3) Anonymous, January 27, 2015 11:23 PM

too small to ask

I am uncomfortable asking for small things. It is almost like asking G-d to walk for me. I have legs, I could do it on my own, but I am asking for something I want, now, and not something I could get for myself later. (yes, I know that ultimately, G-d allows me to have my achievements, because he gave me my talents and abilities)

So How can I get past feeling like I am ungrateful, for asking G-d to give me little things.

Jewish Mom, January 28, 2015 8:59 PM

You are not ungrateful!

Asking G-d for the little things is absolutely NOT being ungrateful! It is simply acknowledging that G-d is the source of everything, big and small. We do our part and make an effort (in Hebrew, hishtadlus/t) but the outcome is in G-d's hands, not ours, even on the most minute details. He runs this world and that there is Divine Providence regarding every single detail, including the small things. We don't accomplish anything on our own, even the smallest thing, if G-d doesn't bless our effort so that we achieve the desired outcome. Praying that our efforts are successful (or in situations where there's nothing to be done except for prayer) shows that we know that it all comes from G-d. Our eyes only see what G-d wants us to see - even if an object is in front of our noses, we don't see it if G-d doesn't reveal it to us. Same with our ears, thinking faculties, etc. So, for example, when searching for a lost object, praying to G-d for help doesn't mean not looking or trying to reconstruct where you last saw it. It means that while looking, ask G-d for help to reveal the object's whereabouts.
When asking for things, it might help if you try to include a higher purpose, and then you won't feel petty and ungrateful. If you ask for a small thing that gives you joy, ask for it so that you can serve G-d more joyously, share it with others, use it to benefit others, etc. And when you get it, be sure to thank Him for it thus verbally acknowledging your awareness that it came from Him! Your Father in Heaven likes to hear from you!!

(2) Anonymous, January 25, 2015 7:54 PM

To commenter anonymous #1

We never found out specifically what Lori Palatnik gave her daughter for getting a straight A report card. Perhaps the "payment" was a special imma and daughter day. Re: Asking g-d for what you want. Sometimes He doesn't give us what we want at the time of the request. Today I got something from g-d that I had been asking of him for quite some time now. Finally, I LOVE how Lori taught her daughter about the fine art of negotiation!

(1) Anonymous, January 25, 2015 6:02 PM

Paying your daughter!??

I can't understand why are are you paying your daughter for her good grades. Shouldn't she want to do her best because it's what she *should* be doing - and not because of a reward? We all strive to do and to be the best we can and the reward is self satisfaction. I think you're off base here. Praise, yes - reward, no!


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