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When I pray and I pray for what I want and for what I need, will it work?(Read description below for a better explanation)

I hear if I pray for what I want, and not what I need, it won't work. I want to pray for something and it is what I want AND what I need. Will it work because it is what I need or will it not work because it is also what I want.

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"God helps those who help themselves" ... In other words, don't rely on "god" to hand anything to you without working towards it yourself.

And if you're working towards it and get it ... who can say whether god "answered your prayers", or you actually earned it through your own work?

Edit: I just love this response ... "God answers all prayers. Just sometimes His answer is yes. Sometimes His answer is maybe. Sometimes His answer is later. And sometimes His answer is no." > It's right up there with ... "You didn't have enough faith/trust in god." > And yet, when was the last time anyone actually moved a mountain by "the faith of a mustard seed"? Yeah, the Bible does say Christians can literally move mountains. > Must not be many faithful Christians out there.

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Where does it say 'God helps those who help themselves' in the Bible?
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Don't try a circular argument with me ... I won't play that game
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I'm just saying. It doesn't say that anywhere
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It doesn't say a lot of things, but those things are still true or exist.

Example ... the Bible never once mentions England.
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That is completely different. England is a place, while what you referred to in your answer is a concept and idea.
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The Bible mentions other places, does it not?
Thus ... proving the point that, though the Bible does not mention things, they still exist.

It is a logical conclusion that if that is true for actual, physical locations ... the same is true for philosophies, concepts, etc.
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Yes it does. Please explain to me how it is logical to assume that then?
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Example:
The Bible mentions Jerusalem.
It does not mention England.
Yet England exists, despite not being mentioned in the Bible.

Nor does the Bible mention the philosophy of libertarianism.
Yet such philosophy exists.

The Bible mentions monarchs ... it does not mention democracies.
Yet democracies ... and forms of government other than monarchies ... exist.
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Fair enough fair enough. But the concept of God 'helping those who help themselves' is not Biblically correct. Sure, God doesn't want us to just sit around about be lazy bums, but if we start thinking that we can help ourselves then we start to get a higher idea of ourself that we ought to. Job 1:21
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Funny how they say god either says yes or no because that is exactly what happens even when you don't pray. Sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you don't and there is absolutely no proof that prayer helps any chances.
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No where in the bible does it say "God helps those who help themselves"
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@Trusty ... exactly.

Et All ... Saying "it isn't in the Bible" is not a valid or rational argument, as I already proved. Just like saying "the Bible is the Word of God because it says so" is a circular argument.
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Not unless its necessary you also need to put work into it

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You can pray and have faith. but you also have to put in your own work to get what you want/need.

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God answers all prayers. Just sometimes His answer is yes. Sometimes His answer is maybe. Sometimes His answer is later. And sometimes His answer is no.

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It would be great if we all had crystal balls and could answer such questions, wouldn't it?

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God gives according to His will. Not what we think we need, He sees the whole picture and might do something that doesn't make sense now, but will later. Or He can give you what you want and think you need depending upon His plan.

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Great answer Nate! :0)
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Thanks. :) I appreciate it.
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Your welcome
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Pray all you want, in the end everything you earn is from your own hard work. Don't just sit back and expect it to come you.

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Put work into it. Don't just be like, "i want this now will you give it to me"

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I personally feel that in order to get answers to prayer that WE have to love God and be saved first. Then we have to forgive others if we have an offence against them. Then what is left is FAITH AND ASKING.
Asking God alows Him to help you. He will not come where He is not wanted.
BUT we have to ask within reason of our needs. WE cant ask for a Mercedes because we are greedy.
God knows what is best for us and answers accordingly.

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Are you only praying for wants and needs? Have you actually repented and given your heart to Christ? Do you praise and worship Him?
Matthew 6 gives us the way we should pray and how to. Not that we need to say the Lords prayer, but to pray for Gods will to be done in all matters. And always pray the Christ's name.

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I mean praying about what I want and and at the same time it is what I need
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Prayer isnt an incantation and God isnt a magic genie to grant us all our wishes. What WE think we 'need' and what God agrees we truely need are often very different. After all, all any human really NEEDS is food, water, oxygen, something to wear and some sort of shelter. After that its really only 'wants' rather than needs. You can pray for anything of course and God will listen but He isnt obliged to answer or not in the way you think you should be answered. If GOD thinks its something you need or something that is necessary for you to have and it fits His plan for you AND it wont hurt someone else then maybe He'll answer. As someone else pointed out, its very unlikely He'll give you what you want if youre just sitting around waiting for Him to grant wishes rather than making an effort to achieve it yourself.

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This is actually a very common question today. It's helpful to know that Jehovah God is the "Hearer of Prayer." 1 John 5:14 also tells us "and this is the confidence that we have toward him, that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us." This shows us that as long as we are praying for something according to God's will, He will hear our prayer. Mathew 6:9,10 also gives us a model prayer to follow, not necessarily to repeat over and over, but to use as an example of what our prayers should be in line with.

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When I pray I try never to ask for material things but ask for Jesus's guidance and support in what we do in life because its given to us free will. I always ask to help our loved ones who died and need our prayers to be closer to God, and to keep safety our loved one here.But asking Jesus for money or fame will be offensive because He is not here to satisfy our wants or needs. We need Jesus more for our strength in our faith and love for God so one day we pass to Him He will welcome us home to Heaven.

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You will get "nada" out of praying. If you really want that something you speak of, then you gotta work for it. Harsh, but also it's the real truth.

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When we pray, God answers our prayers in the way that is best for us. He loves us. This means He wants our good, and He knows that our ultimate good is to be united with Him. We may not understand how His answers accomplish this, but that is why He is God and we are not. All we need to do is trust Him.

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No, you could "prey" for food when you're hungry but food will not magically appear in front of you. (Especially if you're lost in the woods or something, nothing would happen.) honestly it would probably be smarter to do something then sit around and think to yourself, unless it is thinking about life and not hoping for things, even if the things are necessary.

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No, do things on your own, stop relying on wishes.

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