If God is sovereign over everything why do we pray? Good question!
I suppose that many times we ask that question because we misunderstand the true intent of prayer.
I've heard it said something like this, "prayer is not to change the mind of God, prayer is to change me!"
That is so true. When I pray, I am encouraged, I am lifted up, life is put back into perspective, I receive peace, love and joy.
I become more and more aware of the hand of God in my life and grow in my sense of gratitude toward God.
Reading the Psalms is life changing because David is so open and vulnerable. He opens himself up to God and God responds.
In prayer there is spiritual, mental and emotional life.
Let me give you a quote from Jack Hayford and then ask you to respond to what you think the meaning of the quote is:
"there is a LIFE to being spirit filled, not a LOOK to being spirit filled."
My interpretation of that is this: walking with God is not so much how I act or react between 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. in our big building here at First Assembly. It's how I converse and grow in God throughout the week.
My life in God is not to be fueled by times of corporate gatherings but celebrated as we gather together to rejoice together at the lessons that God has taught us throughout the week.
Most of those lessons come through prayer. Conversing with God. Speaking and listening. Enjoying God's presence.