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I have often wondered about the point of prayer. I thought God did not want me let alone provide for me. 

Have you ever given something to someone that you should not have given them? 
Have you ever tried receiving something from someone you have imagined doesn't think you are worth anything?

God cannot misrepresent Himself by hurting you and others of you. If you are asking for something that will help you misrepresent Him and in so doing hurt you and others of you it is my belief that He will not give it to you. 

If you know God better and are enabled to trust Him to provide for you, you will probably not ask for as many things as you will "know" He has already provided them. 

I believe if your motivation becomes to represent God in everything you say and do you will receive what is needed for you to be all you were made to be than if you are continually misrepresenting Him and "praying continually". 

Therefore I believe one of the main things a person should ask God for is to help them want to change direction in those area(s) of life they are misrepresenting Him in. 

1 Kings 8:58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.

1 Kings 8:61 And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

1 Kings 18:37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

2 Kings 23:25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

2 Chronicles 6:36


36 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; 37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; 38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; 39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgiveyour people, who have sinned against you.