This is a great question sent into us by a young listener. Watch this short, animated video for the answers!
We all want a sense of security and peace and to feel heard, accepted and cared for. Is prayer the way to do this? Should everyone pray? Does it really do any good? Watch this quick video and then listen to the full podcast.
Prayer. It is a central activity of most any religion. For people who are very religious, prayer is one of the very basics of their lives. For many who are not normally religious, prayer comes into play when tragedy enters their life and they are suddenly faced with the mortality of themselves or their loved ones. Often, it seems as though the subject of our prayers is, well, ourselves. It seems that we pray when we need something or when we want something, for ourselves or our loved ones. So, is this the purpose for prayer – for our own desires to be noticed, or is there more to it than that? Stay with us as we look into the purpose, passion and power of prayer!
It can happen for many people almost involuntarily. When the situation is difficult, when tragedy strikes, when death approaches, when a loved one is suffering – these are some of the circumstances that prompt us to do it. It crosses the lines of race, creed, religion and political persuasion. It has been shown to have a soothing effect upon us. It prompts us to look for a fulfillment. It is prayer...the simple act of prayer. What is prayer? Why do we pray? Why do most of our prayers seem to go unanswered? Stay with us as we take a biblical look at this phenomena and seek the answer to the question, why do we pray?