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“Prayer is where the action is”, stated famed preacher and Methodist founder John Wesley. Centuries earlier St. John Chrysostom called it “the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings." Christians pray, because we want to, because we need to, and because God commands it of us. It is our side of a friendship with God.
Christians do not merely pray in order to get something, though this is a part of the experience. Prayer is more prominantly about bringing ourselves into God’s presence. As stated by Soren Kierkegaard, “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
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