Temple Bell, Tenryu-Ji, Kyoto
Is it in fact acceptable to pray to God for my needs?
I don't think so.
He doesn’t need reminding.
I encounter this practically in the simplest of ways; for example, one night, I itch terribly. To me this is undesirable and ought to be taken away from me; yet—mysteriously—it’s what is necessary. I can see this sometimes if I gain enough perspective on what takes place in life. This is a simple trial, yet I resist it, even with the example of Christ before me, whose trials were far more terrible and far more necessary.
Religions need supplicants; God does not.