This post is 100% not meant to poke fun at someone's faith and their ability to pray as they see fit. I admire in a lot of people the ability to put their faith out there for the world to see, and hope that this post does not offend anyone in anyway, they are just my own personal feelings and would love feedback. If you are not LDS, I would especially love to hear from you, as I find incredible insight into how I should be growing my own faith more, based on your examples.
I've been mulling over whether to post my feelings on this subject or not, and have decided to get it out there and hopefully group my thoughts and make some sense of my feelings here (read: I'm very nervous about actually voicing these opinions outside of discussion with very close friends).
While blog surfing I came across a post by someone (they are not in my link of friends, just so you know, and won't be tempted to look through those searching for the exact quote) who will remain anonymous, and they were saying that before they went grocery shopping they asked God to help them find the best deals that they could (very rough paraphrase of the situation), and lo and behold they ended up saving a ton of money. My first thought, was 'Wonderful!'. However, I have been struggling with this concept of praying over things that seem so insignificant in the grand scheme of eternal progression.
I am well aware of the fact that we are to pray over all things, but does it really matter if we save $10 on our grocery bill? Does this seem blasphemous of me? It seems that as long as this person feels they received an answer to their prayers, and thus increase their faith, then it's a good thing. But thoughts like this make me nervous because it seems to me such a fragile thing to base your faith upon. That faith of this sort is so flimsy to begin with that, say for instance, they actually ended up spending $5 more than they had allotted, would their faith be adversely affected because their prayer over grocery shopping wasn't 'heard', or answered in the way they had planned?
While I am grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who cares about our eternal well being, and love being able to develop a close personal relationship with Him as His daughter by constant prayer, would it be taking the name of the Lord in vain (as we close in the Name of Jesus Christ, thus using that prayer as He would) to pray about the minutae of life? Or should the sacred name be used for more important things? And if so, what are the more important things? I whole-heartedly know of the power of prayer and never in my life would I consider not including my Savior and Father in my everyday life, that is not my point, my faith in prayer is not floundering, so please do not misunderstand my intentions.
We are told in the scriptures that a servant who has to be guided in all things is a slothful and unprophitable servant. So how much are we required to figure out on our own, and how much are we to depend upon miracles? The purpose of this life is to figure out how to return to live with Him some day, and gratefully, we have the Holy Ghost to help us in this endeavor, but if we were constantly guided we would never have to learn for ourselves, and thus never truly progress, or have to exercise faith, and faith is ultimate strength, we would never become strong.
I guess most of my struggle lies in finding the appropriate balance of reverence and love for our Heavenly Father (praying over the 'important things') with finding the more intimate relationship as a daughter would have with her father (praying over the 'minutae'). Since my basis for understanding of the relationship between parent and child is founded in an earthly relationship, and thus not a perfect one.
There you have it: a buffet of my thoughts this morning.