When I was growing up, I never understood the point of prayer.
I still don't.
I don't see the point of it, and I don't get what use it is to anyone, least of all, God or anyone else.
Certainly, in the context of the Christian interpretation of God, praying seems like the silliest activity a worshipper could possibly engage in.
1. It is God's prerogative as to whether or not He answers, or even agrees to, a request in a prayer.
2. If God wants something done, He goes ahead and does it.
3. Everything is meant to be done the exact way that God intended.
4. God never gets anything wrong.
We know from the information provided that God is omniscient, omnipotent and perfect.
We also know that no one dictates God's Will except for God.
(What we also know is that, in all my years of observing believers in the act of worship, I have never once heard anyone use the word, "Please". A fairly major liberty to take with an perfect, omnisicient, omnipotent being, I would think. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that if God exists, he must be Almightily pissed off with people making demands of him all the time and not saying please, but I digress.)
Therefore, for prayer to have any benefit over no prayer at all, one or more of the following must occur:
1. God must have a rule that He agrees to the request in a prayer more often than not. This kind of overrules God's Will a wee bit, so we can rule this out.
2. There could be stuff in this world that happens independently of God's instigation or knowledge. Unlikely, given that God is meant to be omniscient and omnipotent.
3. God double-thinks Himself. A perfect being double-thinking Himself? Yeah right.
4. God gets things wrong occasionally and has to be put right by us mortals. See point 3.
On the face of it, this means that prayer simply cannot work. Unless, and this is quite likely, I've missed something.
Could someone please explain it to me?