How appropriate are our prayers. I remember when I was in school, I prayed after my tests. Was this an appropriate prayer? I would think that God would not be able to change the answers to the test. 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.
It is the same with our health, sufferings or obstacles in our lives; we pray for what is occurring now. But what caused these sufferings? Should we not pray that God help us remove these factors that cause our sufferings. Some would say that we are talking about pathogens, or even our oppositions that inflict sufferings. But we are talking about factors that are completely different.
We are talking about evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) that cause our sufferings. If we believe in causality and reincarnation, our evil actions and thoughts of today bring upon suffering or obstacles in the next life. It is with this thought that we ask God to help us remove these evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) today so that our future will be void of sufferings and obstacles. God cannot help us remove the past evils that we have committed, but he can help us remove the evils in our minds today, thus preventing suffering in the future.
Evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God.