We have a question from one of our new followers: Yvette. Thanks for joining the conversation, Yvette!!
Let me begin by sharing with you Yvette’s question. She wrote: “I have been pondering lately the reason for prayer. Is it to make us feel better? I mean, I understand having a conversation with God–but most pray for things from God– and if that is the purpose of praying to God, it’s 50/50 your prayers will be answered, so you are left believing your faith was not strong enough. What is the purpose?”
The purpose of prayer – at least for me, Yvette – is to strengthen my relationship with/connection to God. Just as our relationships with loved ones grow deeper when we spend time basking in their presence, so to does our relationship with/connection to God grow deeper when we spend time basking in God’s presence.
I would also add I don’t believe the primary purpose of prayer is to change God (i.e. “Dear God, please interrupt the course of Aunt Jane’s cancer and remove the illness.”). I see its primary purpose is to change us and how we are affected by the events around us.
So what about you? What do you think?
- Keep the GREAT questions coming J