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Is the purpose of prayer to get what we want?

Not exactly. We pray to glorify God (Jn 12:28) and seek after God’s will (Lk 22:42). We can pray to God about everything, but we must never pray against God’s will or his glory. God wants us to ask for his will through prayer—to seek after him. Like any love in life, we all want to seek after our love and be sought after and loved ourselves. We cannot receive God’s will unless we first ask him for it. However, if we ask amiss, i.e., against God’s will, we will not receive it even if we continue to ask God for it (Jas 4:2–3). The Bible tells us of many things, relating to God’s will, that we can pray for: 
    1) Pray for the church: 
    • Ask the Lord to send out workers (Mt 9:38)
    • Pray that God may open a door for the gospel, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ (Col 4:3)
    • Pray for given words that we may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Eph 6:19–20)
    • Pray that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored (2 Thess 3:1)
    • Pray for God to renew our days (Lam 5:21)
    • Pray for the Lord to stretch out his hand and perform miraculous signs and wonders (Acts 4:30)
    • Pray for believers that they may receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14–15)
    2) Pray for our spiritual life: 
    • Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13; Jn 4:10; 7:38–39) 
    • Ask the Lord to teach us his way (Ps 86:11; Jn 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13) 
    • Ask God to strengthen us, in our inner being, with power through his Spirit (Eph 3:16) 
    • Ask God for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can know him better (Eph 1:17; Jas 1:5) 
    • Ask God to teach us to do his will (Ps 143:10; Heb 13:21) 
    • Pray that the Lord increases our love and faith (1 Thess 3:10–12) 
    • Pray in the Holy Spirit that we may be kept in God’s love (Jude 20–21)

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