I'm amazed the Christians haven't pointed out that Christ very specifically said "you pray like this....". To give thanks, and to specifically say "THY will be done". Yes, that does contradict all the stuff about asking and it shall be given, but it IS in there - that "prayer" is to give thanks and to praise, not to ask for stuff.
I can see that very quickly getting old though - not the right phrase, perhaps.....better perhaps to say that if you go through life forging a relationship with your god, wouldn't it only seem natural to - every now and then - ask them a little favour?
You know...the prayer construct is particularly strange when viewed in light of the concept of a 'relationship' with god.
The following assumes that god is an omnipotent, omniscient entity:
1) God can, in a sense, read your mind. Either this is manifested as an active psychic reading of some kind, or he, being omniscient
, just basically knows
what's going on in that noggin' of yours.
2) As per above, it would seem impossible
to do, say, or think
anything without god knowing, or readily being able to know, that you did, said, or thought it.
3) God is interested in you. He does not look at you as a menial employee of some kind, but rather, he views you as one of his children
or beloved creations
Why a distinction between praying
to god and just...talking
to god? He's going to hear you, right? Why does he need any
bit of formality? Wouldn't you be upset if someone you loved asked for formal letterhead in any correspondence you have to him, otherwise he'll be less
inclined to care about your letter? In any
personal, healthy relationship, do you ever need to construct some sort of ritual to indicate 'this is me talking to you now and praising you', or 'I'm looking for a better understanding of you', or does that kind of communication just...kinda happen through basic interaction
I guess...from god's
perspective...what is the difference between 'praying' and 'not praying' exactly?