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Why do people pray?

I dont want any hate with this but Why do people pray? If God made things the way they are, isnt it kinda insulting to ask him to change them? And surely he already knows what you want. Why would he want you to beg for it?

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We don't beg for it, we simply ask him to help us see him in our lives. Free will gives us the choice to do whatever we want, but we can ask god to help us through something. Also, not every person who prays is begging god for something. most people do it to honor him.

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Where did you hear the "God makes things the way they are." People pray for wisdom and help in personal matters. Example: Dear Lord, please relieve some of my stress I've been feeling. Bad Example: Dear Lord, Please buy me a motorcycle.

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We pray for strength nothing more. You should never ask GOD for material things or for change but ask for strength to get through it and lead by example so your children can do the same.

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Praying is my conversation with God. I don't ask much, I thank Him for what I have and things He has done for me and people I love. I also pray for strength and guidance as well as protection for my loved ones and myself. I don't pray for things but for His will to work in us.

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I'll grant that a lot of people are asking their god or ''deity of choice" as I like to say, to change the basic order of things, to the advantage of the person praying. Though the universe in general is going to go right on its appointed rounds, there is no harm in asking. I doubt if any god is insulted by this. I don't think people should so much ask their god to "fix things" as ask him/her/it to show the person how to "fix things." Often the means of dealing with a difficulty is already there, if we just could see it. Most of my prayers are just to "check in" because who likes people who only show up when they want something? If I do want something, need something, I'm more likely to ask "how do I do this" or "where can I turn with this". Sometimes, just "please get me through this", meaning give me the strength to cope.

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many reasons how many do you want its not begging and he likws to hear our voice and it helps to get in touch with him so that it becoms clear what he would have us do its not like a wind up toy where its all a given . getting in touch with him helps us it doesnt change his mind only ours

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When you pray, it shows God that you have faith in him. He wants you to have challenges and to over come them, but we can only overcome them if we turn to God. He wants you to pray, because it means that you believe. He made this world, but he doesn't control the people, or else he would be violating His own law of free agency. That makes it so that PEOPLE aren't perfect, but he can do what he can to try convincing others to be better. Also, we need to pray in order to repent or to receive personal revelation.
A lot of what I'm saying has scripture references specifically from the LDS church, so if you are LDS, and you are also asking this question, look at these (or if you just want to look at them even if you aren't LDS):
Free Agency 2 Nephi 21:27
God will tell you what you need to do 2 Nephi 32:3
You need to pray 2 Nephi 32:8-9

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The most important thing to recognize is that God did not make things the way they are. He created humans perfect, on a perfect earth, but they decided to rebel and we are now living in a sinful system. (Romans 5:12)

But we pray because God gives us reassurance that when we do so, He will help us. ( 1 John 5:14; Philippians 4:7) it gives us peace of mind, and when we do so, we are guided to make the right decisions. There is nothing better than communication with God!


Hope I helped!

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Prayer is meant for us to talk to God, not necessarily to want to change things. Your exactly right. God does know exactly what we need before we even realize that we need it. But he gives us the privilege of prayer so that we can communicate to him and ask for his help, to recognize him as our Creator. 1 John 5:14 says "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us."

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Prayer is the means by which we communicate with our creator, Jehovah God. Jehovah has granted us that privilege because he is loving. He wants us to express our feelings, concerns and wishes for better things. When we share with him what our heart desires (although he can read our hearts) we are demonstrating to him that we have faith in him. That we believe in him and we are willing to accept his guidance. (James 1:6,7). Think of it like this: you have a friend that you can't see because they live far away, however, you can communicate with them via letters. Would you write those letters, even though you can't see your friend? Well similarly with Jehovah God, we pray to him because we know he listens to our prayers and we are demonstrating to him that we have faith that he will listen and grant us our hearts desires if they are in accordance with his principles (Mathew 7:11). Prayer also helps as a means to draw closer to God. Similarly with that friend you can't see but you write letters to keep that relationship alive, we should do the same and pray incessantly to Jehovah God (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

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It's basicly pointless because it doesn't do anything

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( 60 ) And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you." Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible.Quran (40:60)

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Luke 11:1...............
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
JESUS PRAYED AND HE TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY.
HE WANTS US TO PRAY.

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I pray for comfort (and, by the way, the true meaning of comfort is "to strengthen"--to be able accept what life brings with equanimity); I pray for peace, for healing, for myself and for others; and always, always, I end with, "nevertheless, be it unto me according to Thy will, not mine.

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Praying should NEVER be asking for material gain. Praying helps honor God and it gives comfort. If you had a friend, and you didn't feel the need to ever talk to that friend, how do you think that relationship will end up? It's the same thing. You must talk to God through prayer, or your relationship with Him will weaken.

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Prayer is the basis of our relationship with God. To Christians it must become the very breath we breathe. It is NOT about us bringing our laundry list of things we want for ourselves or others to Him, expecting Him to deliver, and our praising Him if He listens "correctly" and ignoring Him if His response doesn't meet our approval. No, God just wants us close to Him as His will unfolds. He doesn't need our advice, but He tells us and wants us to share our hearts with HIM, even though He already knows what's there! He may or may not reveal to us the why, what, and when of it all, but just being close to HIM is all that really matters.

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