“A Prayer to Jesus, 7-23-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Dear friend Jesus, You have taught us and commanded us to pray yet we sometimes must ask why pray when you know the prayer before it is stated and what your answer is. Second, are we asking and appealing to you as some sort of gift-giver and are we approaching you to grant us miracles? How can all this be understood when we speak and approach you in prayer?
As for the first point that god knows the prayer and knows the answer, this is true of many human relationships as well. When someone appeals to us, we in a sense know what he or she is looking for and what we are going to do with this request. Our relationships in petition and what we request of another is not different from our approach to god in prayer. That he knows all before does not change the relationship and its nature which is analogous to a human personal relationship. The efficacy of the prayer and petition is in the request and asking and in the formation of our relationship with god or with another person. Second, prayer to god in some sense involves the miraculous since it is a supernatural encounter and god’s response to our prayer must always be in the nature of a miracle or in the nature or something we cannot fathom or comprehend. We do not and cannot predict his answer, but we know this much: his answer is what we may not grasp or expect and so in his relationship with us everything is in the nature of a miracles and a gift.
Dear Jesus, make and let us understand that prayer is founded in our relationship with Christ, the redeemer and creator and savior of us, and in that relationship we cannot fathom his response to our prayer already known and the answer already known, but it is all in the nature of a miracle and involves us at a level of thought and spirituality that is beyond our immediate comprehension.