“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Prayer is not a business transaction between a dispassionate producer and a pleading consumer. Prayer is a conversation within a relationship of love.
A prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and the Jewish Shema bookend this episode on prayer. Praying in silence, with song, in nature, with groans, in anxiety, and for others are all discussed.