If we try to see through Your eyes and live according to that vision, then, when we look at some of the things we pray for, we might find that more than a few are on the peripheries of that vision. While they may seem important enough to us, they might be somewhat frivolous and self-serving when put in Your perspective. What would Your prayer be to me?
The truth is there is only one thing for which You could ask me that I am capable of giving to You: my love. I imagine that that would be Your prayer to me: a request for my love. If that is true, then such a prayer must be the essence of all prayer and, as such, should be my prayer to You.
So often what we pray for balances on ways we can manipulate You and we disguise them in such ways that we fool ourselves. You see through this and still don’t mind because You love us so much that You forgive us our many faults and weaknesses. You, I think, would pray that we just keep trying to love and keep trying to purify and center our love.
To pray for the sick, the living and the dead, etc., is acceptable because we rely on You with the love and dependency of a child for its father; of a sheep for its shepherd; of one saved for his savior. But we do this precisely because of the beings we are and because of the baggage such beings accumulate. You, I don’t think, would pray that we pray for the sick, the living and the dead etc., as a duty or obligation in need of fulfillment in order to prove our dependency. No, You would just pray that we love and, if properly understood, we would comprehend that opening ourselves to Your love cannot help but embody such other prayers. For as we grow spiritually we see Your love in all people and in all things. Then our love for You and the ways we express it are bonded to our human tendencies to identify with the plights of others who, in various ways, reflect Your love back to us.