Some pray with eyes open, and some pray with eyes closed. Some pray lying prostrate on the ground, and some pray falling backward on the ground. Muslims pray to the east, Christendom builds “houses of prayer,” Jews pray to a wall, Catholics pray to Christ’s dead mother, and Webster’s defines prayer as “an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought.” Everyone who prays in these different ways sincerely desires to be heard by God, but this or may not be what Christ thinks of prayer at all.
Prayer is much more that just making requests to God, it is actually a way of life. Many questions will be answered with the scriptures such as: How do I pray? Whose prayers does God hear? Why are my prayers not answered? and What should we pray for?
By John McDowell