For *Whom* Is Prayer?

Words on the Word

(AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Who is prayer for? Or if we’re going to be grammatically proper and stylistically sensitive, “For whom is prayer?”

I want to suggest:

  1. Prayer is for us.
  2. Prayer is for God.
  3. Prayer is for the world.

1. Prayer Is for Us

It’s not selfish to say that prayer is for us.

Prayer changes us and shapes us into God’s image.

When we spend time with another person, they rub off on us. This is especially true with a family member, close friend, or romantic partner. A relationship with God works this way, too. The more we spend time with God–and prayer is a way we do this–the more like God we can become.

Richard Foster says,

To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue that God uses to transform us…. In prayer we learn to think God’s thoughts after Him: to desire the things He…

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