What Prayer Asks

I have heard people claim that they do not pray because prayer does not work, but I suspect that the opposite is true, that they do not pray because prayer really does work, only in ways that they do not want or expect.  They would like prayer to be primarily about what they ask from God, and they discover that it is actually about what God asks of them.  They go asking God to change the world, to alleviate their problems, to send down wrath on their enemies, and they find instead that God is asking them to be changed themselves, to alleviate the suffering of others, and to love their enemies.  They do not pray, because prayer asks too much of them.

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