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WHY PRAY?

Why do we pray? Doesn't God already know what's good for us? Doesn't He already know what we need? Are we somehow trying to "convince" God of the justness of our cause?
What changes through prayer is not the "mind" of the Almighty. What changes through prayer is us. By recognizing the source of all of our blessings - our sustenance, our health, our success, our very existence - we bring ourselves to a higher spiritual level. We elevate ourselves by drawing closer to the Almighty. And through this act of elevation, we become more "fitting" to receive those things we've prayed so hard for. In having grown through prayer, we can now use our gifts more properly to perfect ourselves and the world around us.
People often mistakenly believe that they should only pray for the "Big Things" like health and life. They don't want to "bother" the Almighty with small things.
This is a two-fold mistake. First, G-d is Infinite. He has the capacity to have an ongoing individual relationship with every human being on the planet. God desires our prayers because He wants to bestow blessings upon us. He only wants our good - which is to make the most out of our lives. Prayer is one way in which we maximize our potential by drawing closer to God.
Second, if we want to ask for the "Big Things," then we need the knowledge and the practice of how to pray. Every prayer puts one in touch with the Almighty.
Prayer is most effective when combined with effort. We live in a world of "doing." Prayer helps us to focus on what we need to do in order to succeed. Only for a very holy individual, prayer alone might be sufficient.
Does G-d answer our prayers? Definitely! Sometimes the answer is "Yes" and sometimes it's "No." And whatever God's answer, it's always what's best for us.

from the website aish.com - The Jewish Website

Sun, June 25 2017 1 Tammuz 5777