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PRAYER CAN BE OXYMORONIC 

The Civil Writer Magazine

An oxymoron is a word or group of words that are self-contradicting, as in bittersweet or plastic glass. In the case of prayer you state succinctly with a group of words "all powerful and wise God do what I say." Prayer a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addresses God or an object of worship to provide a service of healing, joy, positioning or place. These requests are asked as if the God of your religion is not current with your present or future situation. "God give me...you know what I need."

Is it an honorable choice of words to say to God to do, make, keep, provide, heal, give, take...etc., any action you request as if he's not omniscient. To say "(give) me this day our daily bread" is a request but are you really commanding God. Request is to express the need or desire for while command is to order, (give) orders; to compel or direct with authority. God knows in advance whether you are thankful or in need. Did the world command God to be created or did God command the world to be created. You trivialize God to make him seem less important, insignificant, or unknowing than he really is. You request things in your prayers as if he doesn't know in advance.

Let's just say he is nearsighted unable to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes, is he all alone with no assistance. Is he spiritually deep in wars that he can't see your needs. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. What or who are you to tell God what to do in a prayer.