God said to Moses I AM WHO I AM (Ex. 3.14).
The unchangeable reality, ever same. Then what are we trying to do by praying? Can we achieve the favor of God by Prayer?
What does God require praise or petition? There were 2 incidents that made me reflect on this question last week. The first one was in one of the sermons of last week, a priest was exhorting us to praise God for all the good he has done in our lives. Instead of approaching him always with petitions and problems to solve. The second was today during the adoration we had a long thanks giving service, in which people thanked God for the many graces that they have received.
But all the while, I was caught up with the philosophical implication of ‘I am who I am”. Will my prayer (be it praise or petition) make any difference to God. No it won’t and it should not, then what is happening? Why do I feel relieved or relaxed after the prayer?
I feel, the change or the transformation is taking place within us. We grow closer to ourselves, where I am in grip with myself. Here I will be able take my life with more acceptance and find meaning in the reality of the self and the people around me.
So it is a self-transformation rather than changing the mind of God as I want. Is still prayer meaningful? It a personal question which each one need to answer?
Is prayer still meaningful to you?