Originally posted by wittywonka
You're saying you mainly pray because you are told to...this makes prayer seem like a routine duty; that said, do you find prayer as meaningful each time?
I'll admit, for example, there are many times when I catch myself just mumbling along the Lord's Prayer and not actually contemplating what I am saying, so it isn't as meaningful and not as effective ...[text shortened]... ybe this brings up another point on what we should pray for...?
Just food for thought
Did you read the verse I referenced? Pray without ceasing. It's a grace command. I know that God hears me when ever or what ever I think or say. It is never a burden or a chore that is routine or boring. As christians we know that we have continuous and immediate access to God. Knowing that, and knowing God hears me, I receive joy and peace. Even when I don't get what I want. But I already have everything I need, so my prayers are mainly thanks giving.
Actually, the Lord's prayer is a formula, and not meant for recitation. You will probably find that something to debate about, but that would not necessarily be needful as it would only generate misunderstanding.
Is there some reason why you would think that God doesn't hear the prayers of his sons and daughters?
Do you not think God is trustworthy?
God is not like a man or a human father. His love is perfect and he never fails us. I am a father with sons and daughters, and I try to give them everything they need and as much as they want as I judge is good for them. It isn't easy to say "no" sometimes, but as their father I know what is best for them even when they don't.