I have faith my prayers make a difference but I want to know what others think.
The October “Word Among Us” is about intercessory prayer and it got me wondering - Is it possible to ask too much or too often? One of the articles says to be persistent in prayer, as did yesterday’s Gospel reading. When I pray throughout the day it tends to be whatever thoughts occur to me. For example, my priest was away at a workshop this past week and each time I thought of him I said a short prayer for his safety and growth in Christ, today since he should be back now I thank God for his safe return and growth (because I trust God answered my prayers). I also try to pray for Pope Benedict, friends, family, my parish, or anyone/thing anytime I think of them/it.
I know its quality not quantity that matters but it seems like my intercessory/asking prayer is quantity and my praise prayer is quality (I hope its quality at least). Also my prayers rarely vary except when I feel a particular need to pray a specific thing.
So, how 'bout it am I just annoying/amusing God because of my lack of faith or are my prayers really making a difference?
Thank you and Christ’s peace be with you.