The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer (Psalm 6:9)
Does God answer prayer? Why does it seem as if our prayers are not always answered? What do we pray for? Do we pray to get the job that fifty other people, also in need of employment, have applied for? Do we pray for sunny weather for the family reunion when farmers are praying for rain for their crops? Do we only pray for the big things like peace between warring nations or is it also OK to ask God for the seemingly trivial matters like not having to wait for a table at the restaurant because we are hungry?
For Christianity, prayer is an essential activity. It is as necessary to the Christian life as blood is to the human body. But there are perplexing questions that surround the activity of prayer, and that is what I hope to poke at in this post.