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Note: The following is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s. The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living.
Make sure you understand the goal and purpose of prayer.
Some think that prayer is trying to get God to change and become willing to do something he was formerly unwilling to do; and since He is unchangeable, they see prayer as useless.
But prayer is useful as an act of obedience to God’s command.
Without prayer He has not promised His mercy, and with prayer He has promised it.
Prayer increases our own humility, dependence, desire, trust, and hope in God, and prayer makes us fit for mercy.