I love a complicated, nuanced discussion or argument. Therefore, I get frustrated when people reduce something as metaphysical as prayer (I Had to look metaphysical up… It means abstract, pertaining to existence and truth, etc.). Sometimes we will reduce the idea by separating God from the movement of the world (Prayer changes me). Other times we will go overboard, and actually marginalize our own need to grow (Prayer changes the world). Anyway, I love that the Psalms consistently remind of one or two things at a time.
In Psalm 28 David engages his need to be heard. It was good to pray this this morning. Prayer matters, among other reasons, because we are heard.
To you, O LORD, I call;
my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me off with the wicked,
with the workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors
while evil is in their hearts.
Give to them according to their work
and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD
or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.
Blessed be the LORD!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The LORD is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
(Psalm 28 ESV)