In what is probably my favorite scene from A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Deep Thought, the computer constructed to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything warns her creators that they are not going to like it (the answer).
“It doesn’t matter, we must know it!”
“The answer to the ultimate question… to life, the universe and everything is… 42.”
The crowd falls silent.
“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
There is a profound mystery that surrounds prayer. We pray because we find ourselves in deep waters, in circumstances beyond our control. But paradoxically, The One who can help us, already knows our need. Heedless, He invites us to pray, to ask for our daily bread.
So the invitation must be to something more. After teaching the crowds this prayer, Jesus then tells them that you have to practice the kind of forgiveness for which you beseech God . I think this is a hint. Jesus expects to be changed through prayer, to take on the kind of mercy we would like from God.
Prayer is to be a kind of communion with God where He rubs off on us. We don’t need a great vocabulary or even an ability to precisely articulate a request (Paul says something about that in Romans doesn’t he?). Prayer is time spent with God. So stop reading and go spend some time with God because it will transform you in ways a blog can’t. Go explore that mystery yourself.