Why Do We Pray?

Isaiah 55 says, Just as rain and snow water the earth, so does Gods’ word that goes out, it never returns void.

Jesus told his disciples to pray, but not to pray like the pagans that use words but only what comes out of their mouths is babble. They truly believe that the more words they say the more they will be heard, but for us, the Father knows what we need before we even ask.

So our words matter. It is a conversation with our Friend. Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name. We start the conversation by saying who it is we are praying to. It is to God in Heaven not to a god on earth. Our dialog is simple, Give us this day our daily bread. We state our needs. What do we need that unless God steps in it will not happen? We ask, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. We know we sin and we sin against others. We need God to wipe the slate clean. And then, Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Evil is all around us and we need God’s protection to keep us from being sucked into evil. The enemy wants to destroy us and we cannot survive without His help.

We don’t have to say a lot to God. He hears us and He will help us. As St. Andre Bessette once said, “When we pray the Our Father, God’s ear is next to our lips.”

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