Newsweek’s own nationwide survey discovered:
- A stunning 87% of all Americans believe that prayer is answered by God.
- 82% asked for heath or success for a child or other family member when praying.
- 75% asked for strength to overcome personal weakness
- 85% don’t turn away from prayer even after prayers are not answered.
It has also been reported that all but a few medical doctors believe in God and 69% of doctors pray from time to time.
The real message is that prayer is truly of preeminent importance today.
Why would God, who knows everything, ask us to pray when He already knows our needs before we ask?
Actually, prayer comes very naturally to us. There is even a yearning in our most innermost being that leads us to prayer. Where does this deep compulsion originate?
God designed us so that we might wish to know and be more like Him. We are “wired for God”. St. Augustine said,”You have made us for Yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” We have been created for a purpose: to know, love and serve our God. So God wills us to develop an intimate fellowship with Him.
So we need to spend time together in silence and in the most intimate kind of discourse. Our prayer should be a deep soul conversation with our Creator, which was designed from the beginning.
Prayer in a community is also part of God’s plan, “where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 In fact, there is more power in this form of prayer.