I haven't posted here in a while, but I've been thinking about it. So, here it is! Something I've been struggling with over the last year or so is praying for things that I want. I know scriptures that people refer to, such as when Christ teaches about 'ask and ye shall receive, knock and the door shall be opened'. But I believe that God knows the entire plan for my life, including whether specific things I want or desire will be given to me. Josh and I have talked about this so many times. He tells me, and I believe it, that prayer should be about trying to align ourselves with God's will, not trying to align God with ours. So many times, I have wanted or worried about something and wondered whether God was listening. And then I get through whatever the experience happens to be, I look back on it, and I figure out - 'oh, so THAT is what God was trying to teach me'. So, for the most part, when I pray, it is always about 'Lord, help me to understand your plan for me, give me the wisdom, patience, and strength to learn the lessons You have for me. Help me to always use any trials to bring me closer to You, rather than apart from You.' I've just been having a tough time with remembering and using this lately.