My brother man and sister woman prayer a noted agency of religion actually evolved from previous religious and nonreligious groups across the world. The earliest prayer forms were not addressed directly to the Almighty God. The earliest prayer forms were actually expressions, like wish me luck; they were merely verbalized wishes etc. Eventually prayer became a technique of achieving co-operation with the gods, the spirits of nature.
Much later, when ancient people realized that prayer could not coerce the gods, prayer then became more of a petition, seeking favor. Well despite the evolutionary process prayer has passed through, prayer remains the generally accepted means of communication between mortals and the living God. No doubt prayer has contributed greatly to the development of the religious sentiments of an evolving human mind.
Prayer indeed is a mighty influence which has prevented complete isolation of human beings from the living God. It is imperative I probe what motivates countless people to pray to the living God. It is only by thorough scrutiny of their prayer motives shall I be able to tell them the reasons why most of their prayers remain unattended to. Selfish petitions, selfish prayers to the Almighty God will never be granted. You will wait, and wait and wait; the Almighty God will never attend to any selfish prayer.
I want to make clearer, these days prayer has become so materialistic. My brother man and sister woman, no prayer can be ethical when the praying individual seeks for selfish advantage over his fellows. Such prayers are downright immoral as when one prays to God Almighty for selfish advantages over one’s fellows. What most people fail to realize is selfish and materialistic praying is incompatible with the moral religions which are established on unselfishness and divine love.
I truly pity those poor hearts who in their simplicity, thinks that by praying, by just asking for anything, their prayers will be answered. It is interesting to note certain petitions sent to the high courts are often thrown out after been described as abuse of court process, certain petitions sent to the higher police authorities for instance the zones are often referred back to the state commands or other smaller police post outlets, why? Because the petitions are faulty that’s why.
If higher human authorities can derelict petitions because of their imperfections, the Almighty God and the angelic beings will certainly bypass many materialistic and egoistic prayer requests. I am not saying all kinds of petitions to the living God are bad, a petition might be for daily bread or perhaps a whole-hearted yearning to find God and do his will, or perhaps a prayer might be an angry cry for vengeance or merciful intercession for one’s enemies etc. All might not be bad.