I am having a very hard time understanding the purpose of prayer. I do understand that prayer is communicating with God. I get that telling God my joys and sorrows is a good thing and praising God in prayer is important.
What I don’t understand, is, for example if someone is ill. And they ask me to pray for them. I understand talking to God saying “God I don’t want this person to be sick” but where I get lost is asking for healing for that person. If God wanted the person healed, wouldn’t he do that anyway? Why does my asking for healing change things? People say “God answered our prayers” after someone seriously ill recovers and I don’t get that. Wouldn’t God have healed that person without people praying for them?
Another example, praying for vocations (since this was the theme of last Sunday’s Mass). Doesn’t God WANT great priests and religious? How is it that by my asking God to bring us priests, how does that make it happen? If God willed it, wouldn’t he already do it? I just don’t get it.
I hope I’m being clear with what I’m finding confusing and am anxious to hear your response.