If I ask for help praying, here’s what’s NOT happening: I’m not saying I have a mild case of self absorption that can be cured by looking at the big picture. I’m not saying I lack peace. I’m not saying I lack faith or trust in God. I’m not saying that what I really need is a chipper platitude to get me through a tough time. I’m not being abstract. Prayer is practical. Prayer is work. Prayer is action. But too often, we treat prayer requests as invitations for platitudes. We act like our friend just needs to buck up. We act like God isn’t there and assume by our words that our friend lacks faith.  Here’s an example: Imagine you’re friends with Moses.…