What is accomplished by praying?

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What is accomplished by praying?

  1. I manipulate the plans of God to be done as I see fit

    3.3%
  2. I demand and receive my “rights” as a Christian

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. The “sacrifice of praise”

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Uttering words that sound ‘praiseworthy’

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I simply state my needs and wishes to a God who already knows them

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    0.0%
  6. I tell God what things I need daily and expect to receive them

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. I tell God what things I need daily and get them—although I would almost definitely get them without

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Repentance—for today, at least; I may need to repent of the same thing(s) tomorrow

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Genuine repentance

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Talking God into doing something for me that I see as valuable

    50.0%
  11. “Listening” to God, much more than Him listening to me

    23.3%
  12. God changing my plans if need be, as opposed to me changing His plans

    6.7%
  13. Strength and inspiration for the present time

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Wasted moments

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Improving my state of mind [quelling my temper, having a better attitude,…]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Feeling safe and secure; I wouldn’t feel that way if I didn’t pray

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Just getting a regular “chore” out of the way

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Avoidance of the excuse, “I never prayed about that,” if “that” is something that goes wrong

    13.3%
  19. Something very different from any of the above options

    3.3%
  20. I don’t know

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Alcott

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    What do we really accomplish by praying alone? I say "praying alone" so that answers do not involve making an impression on another person or as a 'medium' of spreading gossip; also in deference to comments about the length of many of my polls; therefore this is limited to one type of praying, hopefully the sincere type. And by "what is accomplished," answer this not in relation to an idealistic accomplishment, but what really is thus accomplished. IOW answer pragmatically, not subjunctively.
     
  2. David Michael Harris

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    I chose improving my state of mind, but prayer is different for different people as we are all in different positions of need. I would to have liked a choice of just 'drawing near to God'.


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    I praise God daily....but it's never been a sacrafice.
     
  4. WallyGator

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    Very interesting poll results so far. Prayer puts us in a spiritual state where we will listen and let God communicate with us. God loves to minister to us, it gives Him great pleasure, but we must be still. Phillipians 4:4ff is a good example of God'd promise and provision.
     
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    Prayer means "conversation" as in of course
    I verbalize my personal relationship to God.

    and often times He answers through an experience
    as in answering the prayer specifially.

    conversation of course runs the spectrum of
    praise,thanks giving, to specific requests.

    But one thing that is guaranteed in your personal
    relationship with God through prayer is

    "Peace of God that surpasses all comprehension"

    that is answered every time, whether a specific

    prayer request is answered of not. imho
     
  6. SaggyWoman

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    Prayer is my communication with Him, tied into reading the scripture.
     
  7. Thankful

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    My prayers include praising God, thanking God, repentance, protection for myself and others, health for myself and others. I always pray for guidance in whatever I do. God is with me all the time; therefore, I can talk or listen at anytime.
     
  8. billreber

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    My prayers quite often depend on what is going on at the time.

    Eight years ago (almost) my prayers concentrated on an unborn little girl who had been diagnosed with spina bifida, with the break at the base of the skull. Doctors could detect no brain wave or heart beat. In October, Rachael was born, 3 months premature, with no sign of the spina bifida. She is now seven and a half, and is as normal as anyone can expect.

    Today, my prayers concerned a coworker whose daughter was attacked by a dog. The concentration today was for a witnessing opportunity , to share with my coworker the love of Christ even in such a terrible situation.

    Tomorrow? I will spend my day chatting with my Lord, asking Him to use me. (I drive for my job, and have lots of time to pray). Any specifics I do not yet know.

    Bill
     

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