“Does God or Christ Tell us What to Say when We Pray?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
This is another in a series of essays on the topic of prayer and its various aspects.
The subject today I propose to speak on is whether god and/or Christ commands and mandates what we are to say when we pray. In the first outset, Jesus did in the gospels give us a model prayer, so does it follow that that this is the format and typology as to what we are to do when we pray? Prayer is a form of communication and seeks to know and establish a relationship with god. It must, I think, come from the heart, spirit, and mind of the person seeking god in prayer .Thus god cannot exactly command what the person is to say to him or the words of the prayer said by the person seeking him out. Yet I think it is fair to say that the child in speaking to the parent may be guided by this much older and wiser person what to ask for and what he should say in the same way this all powerful and omniscient entity may in fact in this relationship in which the one god has so great a superiority in the relationship prompt or even guide the person praying. And so one must say that the prayer is a voluntary act and must in some sense come from the being of the humanity seeking out god in prayer, but in this process and relationship god works with listens to and is one with the person praying and on some level may guide the discussion even though the person praying may not be exactly aware of what is occurring but one knows he is seeking to know and hear from all-powerful and all-knowing god who is hearing is guiding and who is listening and answering. The prayer is a participant who god is guiding and answering and so one can say that, when one prays, god is praying with that person.