“Humbly asked (God) to remove our shortcomings.” Step 7 of AA
We pray to form a living relationship, not to get things done.
Prayer is a symbiotic relationship with life and wife God, a synergy which creates a result larger than the exchange itself.
God gives us power more than answers.
Jesus told us all to stay in the position of a beggar, a petitioner, a radical dependent, which is always spiritually true, if we are honest.
How you do life is your real and final truth, not what ideas you believe.
Any attempts at self-conversion would be like an active alcoholic trying to determine his own rules for sobriety. God has to radically change the central reference point of our lives.
God’s totally positive and lasting way of removing our shortcomings is to fill up the hole with something much better, more luminous, and more satisfying. Then your old shortcomings are not driven away, or pushed underground, as much as they are exposed and starved for the false program for happiness that they are.
All spiritual rewards are inherent and not rewards that are given later.