Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him? Luke 11:10-13
I love this truth but love it even more because it was said by the only one who fully understands prayer. Jesus knew the vertical side, the intercessory and divine side; he also knew the human, emotional side. As it was in the Garden of Gethsemane, the bottom line to every prayer is entrustment.
He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face. Luke 22:41-44
The human Jesus prayed for rescue – natural! But, he also knew it was for this sacrificial reason he had come to the world. The finality of Jesus prayer was “What do you want?” That is entrusting.
Prayer is simply an act of faith whereby we entrust everything to the only One who is completely, faithfully trustworthy with it.