We may have learned as children that saying our prayers demonstrates our devotion to God-and if He is convinced of our sincerity our requests of Him might be granted.
In spite of all our adult sophistication, when we think now about praying we may do so with the same underlying attitude still in place. But prayer isn't a way of placating God-staying in His good graces in order to get what we want, Our Higher Power doesn't need us to pray isn't angry or disappointed if we don't. We are under no compunction to pray. The choice is entirely ours .
When we pray we attune ourselves to a depthe of love , wisdom, understanding and guidance far greater than our personalities can generate. When we pray we avail ourselves of help from a Power that can dot for us what we on our own cannot.
When we praym if we align our wills with our Higher Power's will for us our lives automatically become more manageable and we know greater freedom, greater serenity and greater peace.