"What is prayer?" in the title of his classic book, Prayer: Asking and Receiving. Richard Foster offered a different answer to the question with his book, entitled Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. So is prayer the act by which we get stuff from God? Is it the path to union with God? Or something in between?
I don't think you can answer the question on a philosophical level – because, for some Christians, prayer is, in fact, getting stuff from God, whether material goods or miracles. Good evening prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication.
What exactly is, philosophically, is based enormously how much we have improved in our spiritual growth, and also about which God would like to reach us at the point in time. But when we think with the use of aging, we may produce some form of a response. When Jesus spoke about life from the realm of paradise, a huge portion of his description has been handed to the type of people we'd become – to that which we'd be.
We're planning to be individuals that are attentive to the thickness of our sin, and so are familiar with God's bias – so we forgive ourselves and need not endeavor our conclusions onto each other. We will be individuals who love God with our hearts, minds, and spirits.
Could not it be fine if you were able to arrive at church and only assume that everyone in church done all of the work required to come to be that sort of man? In the event that you were able to assume your fellow Christians not just knew basic philosophy, but dwelt out it? Can not it really make a change in the manner in which that your board meeting work if you were able to assume that everyone on the plank loves their enemies turns the other cheek? And wouldn't it be fine if everybody else in the church supposed you'd done the task and you loved them since you like your self? Musicians speak about visiting the woodshed.
The metaphorical woodshed is really where they exercise, where they shake the fingerings along with also the tonalities; at which they work across the passages until they may play with them well.
You can say other things about what prayer is. We talk to God, we listen and we sometimes hear God. We sit in God's presence and sometimes He shows up and we enjoy it. We can describe prayer as the path toward our mystical union with God. But fundamentally, prayer is our practice ground.