Dear Postulants and Professed members,
In the last letter we saw that prayer is more from our mind than our will. Prayer at its root is therefore intelligent. Moreover, it is something our mind initiates not in its purely speculative but practical capacity, and which uses not direct command over God but indirect persuasion. Prayer is intelligent persuasion.
Now that we know what prayer is, we now ask ‘Is there any point in praying at all?’
It seems not, for a few reasons. Firstly, since Christ said that our Heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask Him, what is the point in telling Him? Surely, we cannot inform an infinite mind! Secondly, prayer is the attempt to bend someone toward our needs: to change their mind. But God is unchangeable and unbendable because utterly perfect....