Dear Fr. Joe: Why do we ask God for things? Doesn’t he just do what he wants and what is best for us?
What a great question! The answer to this can help us understand God and his workings a bit better, as well as ourselves. Let’s dive right in. The first thing we’ve got to establish is that God wants to hear our petitions. That means asking God to do something. Look at 1Timothy 2:1:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people …”