While indeed we are to pray to God for the things that we need, such as finances and our daily necessities – food, shelter, and other needs – there is nothing wrong with praying to God and believing we may get something else. While a car is not a need because we can still get from one point to another using different means, we can ask for and believe God will give us a car if we want one.
While a car is not necessarily a need, it generally does benefit a person. It could be that their work is located far away from where they live and a car would be convenient to have. Commuting can be a hassle or inconvenient in other ways, so having a car would be a blessing. You can drive straight to where you want to go and not have to depend on someone else for getting around. Sometimes, it is essential for a family, such as when there is a newborn baby. Having a car would help a lot, not only for the convenience and comfort of the baby but also for the parents, since they must install a car seat, need to bring a lot of gear, and have to find somewhere to change a diaper, etc. While we should be content with what we have, there is also nothing wrong with asking God for something. Most parents, while they want their kids to be satisfied with what they have, also don’t want their kids to have to ask them for things all the time and rely on them for something. In 3 John 1:2, it says that we are to pray that it may go well with us. This pertains to praying not just for good health but also for the other good things in life. If having a car would be a great help in your life, then, by all means, pray and ask God for a car.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
How do you ask for and pray for something?
If there is something that we want, we are to ask God for it in prayer. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus teaches us that those who ask, receive, the one who seeks, finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. So, if we need a car and want to receive one, we are to ask and seek it from God. Sometimes, when we desire something, we have the “It is up to the LORD” kind of outlook. But if we want a car and need it, we should be direct with God and tell Him so. We also have to keep in mind that we must be specific with our prayers. If we are praying for a car, what specific vehicle do we need or pray for? Is it an SUV? Sedan? Hatchback? What about the brand? Is there a particular model that we prefer? Of course, this does not mean that God becomes our genie and that whatever we ask God for, He will present it to us. Whatever God’s will is, we are to submit to it. Even if we pray for a car, our ultimate prayer is not for our will but for God’s will to be done.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
How do you pray for a car?
As mentioned before, be specific with the car that you desire. Also, when you ask God, ask Him in faith, knowing that He is more than capable of providing you with the car you need. As you pray for a car, there are certain truths that you can meditate on. One is that everything comes from God alone. Every person’s finances, property, intellect, talent, ability, and whatever else a person has comes from God alone. He is the creator of the universe. If we desire a car, we can go before Him and ask Him for it. Of course, that does not mean that you should not work and earn income to pay for the car—that is still the primary means by which you can afford a car, but the point is that everything ultimately comes from God. Because of that, we are to approach Him in prayer and ask Him for the car; if He answers, He can answer in a million ways. Another truth that you can meditate on is that God loves you and cares for you. While that does not mean that you will get whatever you ask God for, everything God does in your life is for your good. If having a car is in for your good, God is not only willing but also capable of providing it.
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Here is an example of how you can pray and ask God for a car:
Father in heaven, You are the creator of the universe. Everything belongs to You alone. Father, I am praying for a car, specifically an SUV. This is so I can be safe as I travel and pass over rocky roads because of my work, and, also, it is spacious enough for my family whenever we go somewhere. I pray for my finances; that I will be able to pay the monthly cost of the car. In the end, Father, whatever Your will is, let Your will be done and remind me that whatever Your answer is, it is for my good. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
God, our Heavenly Father, would love for us to come to Him and believe in Him for something. The Bible also tells us that God gives good things to those who ask Him. That also means that, in the end, we are to submit to whatever God’s answer to our prayer is. If we asked God for a car and God didn’t answer, perhaps it is because it is not a good gift for us. You don’t know—maybe down the road, it will only cause you problems and even get you into an accident because it is not yet the right time for you to have a car. The point is that, in the end, we are to submit whatever God’s answer is, knowing that His wisdom is infinite and that He loves us. That does not mean that we should not pray to God for a car. Even if God knows what we are about to pray even before we pray it, we should pray it because God ordained prayers as a means of causing things to happen. We are to ask because we can’t receive if we don’t ask. But as we ask, we submit to God’s will.