“He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death” (Hebrews 5:7). The most convincing answer to the question “Why pray?” is Jesus did. Despite my unresolved questions (If God already knows my needs, why do I need to express them? If God is wise, why should I ask Him to change His plan?) the example of the Lord at prayer convinces me that I am to follow Him into this conversation with the Father. It isn’t magic. It is mercy. It is a friendship that offers to let me stand with Him and look at people and problems from God’s point of view. Jesus knew that there is power in prayer. When I ask myself, “Why pray?”, the best answer is “because Jesus did”.