Over the years I've personally spoken with pastors regarding situations that have arisen in my personal life and I'm sure that most of you have. Usually, my efforts have resulted with the following..., "Pray 'bout it Brudder..." Okay, one of a half dozen things here. The pastor doesn't have the time; he doesn't have a clue; he's not a social worker; he simply doesn't know what to say; etc. Prayer. As you, I've listened to a lot of prayers over the years. Some are loud and demanding with much emotion; some are quiet and subdued; many are so obvious; some stumble and fall during public prayer; some as to win the lottery, etc. At this link http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/prayer/ is an interesting article but I can't seem to find who's behind this website and that bothers me some. In the article however the question is asked..., Can we demand and is God obligated? Well, of course not. Our Lord can do what He wants. Makes me kind of wonder if our understanding of "prayer" is really grounded? The Lord considers our heart..., not our loud mouth. I find that I'm often speaking with the Lord and not even realizing it. This, of course, happens within my mind and not on public display. At the link the following is provided. "Petition. Though prayer also includes adoration (e.g., Pss. 144-150 Luke 1:46-55 ), confession (e.g., Psalm 51 ; Luke 18:13 ), and thanksgiving (e.g., Psalm 75 ; 1 Thess 1:2 ), Christian prayer has always been essentially petitionary. Indeed, the simple and almost naive petitioning that marks New Testament prayer is reflected in all its humanness in the psalms the liturgical inheritance of the early Christians well as in the rest of the early church's Scriptures. Petitions are made for rain and fire, relief from famine and plague, resurrections from the dead, and so forth (e.g., see 1 Kings 8:35-40 ; 17:20-22 ; 18:26-39 ). In fact, most Hebrew terms used in the Old Testament for prayer refer in some sense to petition; prayer in the Old Testament more frequently expressed supplication than anything else. ...are modern day Christians abusing this opportunity we have to fall under the leadership of our Lord or are we using "prayer" to demand? Do we fail to understand "prayer"..., it's purpose and it's intent? Our Lord considers our heart..., not our demanding attitude.