Thank you all for your responses. I’m sorry if it looks like I am not responding bc I am not copying others’ posts, but I am hopefully replying in my posts to the points being raised.
Yes, I may be overthinking this, but I am looking for a way to reconcile what seems to me to be a contradiction.
I was thinking specifically of St Therese and her acceptance of suffering, as well as Job. Thinking also of “Abandonment to Divine Providence” and similar works. I do like the thought of abandoning oneself to being a petitioning prayer. The passage “All things work for good to those who love Him” comes to mind. Maybe it isn’t always necessary to verbally ask for something good to result if one trusts that God is always working for our good anyway?
I should say, I do see, however, praying for those who reject God to love Him. I suppose my confusion comes in asking for something for myself, or even for those in my faith circle, as I feel we are trying to seek and joyfully accept God’s will; trusting He has our best interests at heart.
Some of us here have read the Tao, (I have not - at least not completely - only what is discussed here), and it almost sounded to me, as it was described to me, like Christian detachment/abandonment to God’s will, until I considered Christian petitioning prayer. If we are supposed to flow like water throughout life, are we really working for the good of others? Is that love?
Maybe we can be like water and at the same time ask God to change something of the path we will flow through?
Thank you for so much good food for thought.