“What we should say when we pray and do we have to know what to say?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Prayer is personal communication based on and founded on our relationship with god and Christ. It must be understood that any sort of relationship, whether with our parents, our children, love of nature, sexual or romantic love, or erotic love, love between friends, love between siblings, love for our pets and even the companionship of dogs or cats, or the love of god and charitable love always is the basis of all these and any relationship. And so I will attempt to answer the question raised in this essay as to what we should say or have to say when we pray. Prayer involves no compulsion and to answer this question more precisely, when we pray we really do not have to know ahead of time what to say. In fact, prayer need not involves us saying anything and best understood a involves a kind of spontaneity. Prayer is a matter of the heart and even can be said to involve the emotions and feelings. Thus, I conclude in this literary excursus prayer is not words and when we pray saying and speaking is not the issue, if one gives the matter any sort of thought; in all our thoughts and mental operations and our emotions, the thought of in whatever form comes first and foremost. God knows our thoughts and ideas and concepts we entertain and of course he knows our feelings beforehand. Prayer is really a spiritual exchange taking place in the mind and heart of the believer and god and Christ and is and never will be an issue of words. God knows our words and our spiritual intentions before we speak. Words for god are not the issue but love and communication is always and must be unspoken.