Or as Jesus would say, "Stop babbling!"
Matthew 65-8 The Message
"And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need."
We have all heard the prayer formula—ask for forgiveness and try to remember everything, then give thanks for what you have been given, especially any answers to prayer, then tell Him how amazing He is and then get to the point—ask for stuff. If you don’t get your answer, keep asking and be the persistent person who keeps knocking, asking, and seeking. All great advice if we are dealing with a judge. I love how Peterson turns our focus from what we are praying for to who we pray with. “This is your Father you are dealing with”.
I’m going to suggest that seeing with God as a loving Father shapes how we pray, especially if we know that before we ask, He already knows what we need. Think about it, we pray from a place of answer, not to get an answer. That allows me to trust in His timing, trust that He knows.
Faith always precedes manifestation. We declare with our lips, believe in our hearts and we are saved. We speak to mountains and they move. Barren women sing of their fruitfulness long before they are fruitful. Faith in the outcome has preceded the manifestation. That’s the problem, it has been faith in the outcome, not the Person. Before we even approach Him, He knows what we need. Our opportunity in prayer is to continually understand that this is our Father, and we get to know His heart, His goodness and His love for us, all while asking for what He has already decided to give. Try it, it may change how you pray.