Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13).
Indeed, prayer is for God’s glory, not just our needs. However, when God meets our needs, He is glorified. There are some who see prayer simply as lining up with what God has already foreordained, and there is nothing we can do other than conform to His will. On the other hand, there are those who think that prayer is asking God to do what He would not and could not do without our requests.
The Scripture teaches both views—and we are under obligation before God to hold both views in tension. The Bible teaches that God is, without a doubt, sovereign. The Bible also teaches that God, within His sovereignty, responds to His people when they pray with a right focus…
When children are young—and even sometimes when they are older—they ask for all kinds of things. Do we give them everything they want? Of course we don’t. We give them what we believe is best for them. If we, as fallen men and women, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more does our heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him (see Matthew 7:11)?