Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21
No flame necessary. You have been very respectful in your statements/questions.
It's hard for me to explain. I can see how prayer can be more for the individual. It's almost like a way of releasing your concerns so that you can find some balance. You are turning things over in hopes of finding some peace. That is the aspect where it is absolutely more for the individual.
I feel I need to clarify my statement about him knowing our desires/needs/concerns even without prayer. It is simply part of my belief that He is all knowing. It comes with his omnipotent being. I guess I was using that example as I see prayer as a "to each his own" kind of action. There are some who don't pray. That's fine. That doesn't mean that God hasn't or won't help them if they need it. I hope that clarifies it some.
Prayer, for me, is my way of conversing with God. Even if it's something as simple as saying "Lord Help Me" when I am dealing with something difficult in a brief moment at work. Or it can be lengthy when something is troubling me. There are also times that something is weighing on me, I haven't had a chance to pray just yet, but the answer just comes to me.
I agree wholeheartedly about prayer being a conversation between the individual and God. Since conversation is a key aspect to any relationship, it makes sense for an individual to engage in prayer in this regard.
My struggle comes with reconciling the idea of "prayer requests"
Asking a group of people to pray for you or for some issue / concern is tough to understand for me. Aside from the obvious sense of community, which is an apparent benefit, the other side of "prayer requests" seems to imply that the more people you get to pray for you, the more "likely" God is to intervene on behalf of the concern. That's the tough one for me.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it...