How appropriate are our prayers. I remember when I was in school, I prayed after my tests. I would think that God would not be able to change the past. Thinking about it now, it would have probably been more appropriate to pray before my test, or even during the test. I think many of our prayers fall into this category. We pray after the event.
How many of us pray that God keeps us healthy? It is mostly when we get gravely sick that we turn to God to pray. Would it be easier for God to keep us healthy, than help us recover from a serious illness?
What causes joy, and what causes sufferings? If one believes in causality, good thoughts and actions brings forth joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions causes suffering in the future. Praying about the present condition is usually futile, because the past cannot be altered. What one sows, he or she reaps. The law of cause and effect is absolute. God cannot change what you have done in the past. But God can influence what you do now or in the future.
If we pray for the future, what do we pray for? We pray that God helps us eliminate greed, arrogance and self-love from our minds. When we eliminate evil from our minds, the future will be joyous. Pray for God’s guidance. Pray for the future.