Why Pray? What’s the purpose?
Of course, God wants us to communicate with him so we can have a relationship with him, but doesn’t God already know everything about us, including what we want, already? Yes, he does. But do we? Do we know every depth of our souls? Do we know all the filth and untruths that need to be cleaned out of our inventory of thoughts and beliefs, or all the unstated wonder and gratitude we possess for all the things He’s given us?
Some people may, but for those who need help, like me, prayer helps us recognize those things.
It forces us to articulate ourselves. It forces us to be more self aware. When you pray, you have to tell God what you feel about the issues going on in your personal life and in the world, and what you want and need out of life. And that is step one of solving any issue: identifying the problem. For example, if you find yourself praying for an end to terrorism, it may make you wonder, “What could I do to end terrorism?” Then, you can use your intellect and perhaps actually do something to affect change in the world and help to solve the problem.
Remember to thank God for your life!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.