People pray for many reasons, I suppose. I believe
the motives that lie behind our prayers are not as important as the fact
that we are praying. I can’t know this is true, but I hope it is
true. I believe it is true.
I know people who pray with a childlike faith,
convinced of the power of prayer.
I know people who pray because Jesus prayed. They
pray out of obedience to God, as if they could make up for the night
long ago when we disciples were asked to wait and pray, but fell asleep
I know people who pray because the possibility
of speaking with the creator has gripped their souls and filled their
hearts with joy.
I know people who pray without believing and without
energy, praying because they were taught to pray and because they are
clinging to their last hope.
I myself have prayed for all of these reasons
and many others. Why do you pray? Let the question sink in a bit. Surely
you pray for many reasons. What are some of them?