What is wrong with our prayers?

21 Jan

I cant help it but to reproduce this post. It is so wonderfully written, here.

We dont realise we are asking the Lord of the heavens and the earth, when we ask him for answer our prayers. Do you realise, we usually ask for ‘murah rezeki’ – good fortune, things related to dunya.

I’m sure it’s a question many of us ask ourselves: “why doesn’t God answer our prayers?” We usually take the positive side of things by thinking well of Him, which is good of course.
“He knows what is best for me, I’m probably asking for too much.”
“He has something better in store for me.”

It brings me to the point: what exactly are we asking Him for? A brand-new mobile phone? Those new pair of sneakers that caught your eye? A promotion? A raise?

Is that all we ask for? Dunya? Dunya, dunya, dunya.

 

Why don’t we ask for strength to get up for Tahajjud? Or the patience to endure His trials? Or the resolve to withold our tongues from speaking ill? Or the determination to recite His Book everyday? We must remember that
When we make doa’, we shouldn’t be asking Him. We should be beseeching, begging, pleading with Him! Humble ourselves for we are nothing but slaves! He doesn’t need us but we need Him!

The ways to ask for HIS help;

Where are the tears? The humility? The desparation? We are poor, He is Rich. We are the slaves, He is the Master. We are nothing, He is Everything. For God’s sake, you are talking to the Lord of the Mighty Throne! Have some respect and awe!

An oft-quoted verse about God answering prayers is this verse from alBaqarah:
When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My Call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.
alBaqarah : 186
Oftentimes, the only quoted part of the verse is the first part, up till: “… when he calls on Me.” What happened to the second part? Sure, God listens to our prayer, but do we listen to His Call?
Do we obey His Commands? Do we avoid His Prohibitions? Do we follow the Sunnah of His Beloved Messenger, Muhammad (saw)? If we do not even try to strive to fulfill these, what makes us think He’s going to answer our prayer?
So, the next time we raise our hands to doa’, please have some respect for Our Creator and Sustainer and look at our faults first, and see for ourselves whether we deserve the things that we ask for. The adab of a doa’ is to start and end with His Praises, together with the salawat on the Prophet (saw). 

Ya Allah, help us become grateful to You!
Ya Allah, help us return to fitrah, our origin; a servant of You, a son of Adam!

 

What we ask for speaks volumes about how we prioritise our lives doesn’t it?
Whether you place the dunya above the akhirah or vice versa.

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