"O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come." Psalm 65:2
If all nations of men seek after whatever they perceive to be their god, then how much more shall those who know Him seek after the true God? Here is William Bierderwolf's comment on this:
Wherever men have believed in a Higher Power--and such belief has always been universal--there they have not waited for an argument to prove the possibility of entering into converse with such a Being, but have taken for granted and acted upon the privilege of so doing.
|William E. Biederwolf (1867-1939)|
Rather than a command from the Deity, prayer has been a specific demand of man's own nature. Prayer is the heart of religion. Prayer is religion. It is the connecting link between God and man. . . .
But For Christians This is All ChangedWhat is true of other religions is true of our own. The Christian is preeminently a person of prayer; not that he did not pray before, but that [which] was then a blind instinct becomes now an intelligent principle. What then was a dictate of his own nature gives place now to the promptings of God's Spirit within him. What then he was led to do out of sheer necessity, he now esteems the sweetest of all his privileges. What then he sought by sacrifice and penance he now obtains as a gracious bestowal in answer to his petition. What then he undertook with fainting heart he now pursues with boldness by the "new and living way." What then he sought to use as a means toward temporal blessing becomes now the channel of spiritual grace as well. What then was a mere pleading in his own behalf becomes now a gracious intercession for others as well. What then was mere asking of an infinitely removed Divinity is now the most intimate communion with the God and Father of us all. This is the difference between heathen prayer and Christian prayer.
Then, There's This . . .
Deprive the unregenerate man of prayer, and though his prayers avail not you make him miserable and forlorn; deprive the Christian of prayer and you not only deprive him of his sweetest privilege and dearest solace, but you take from him the key that open[s] the storehouse of his God; you not only take away his chief support, but you cut the never of his religious life; you rob him of his "vital breath."
From: How Can God Answer Prayer? (1937)