Why bother to pray?

Why bother to pray... when we don't get the things we ask for?

Why bother to pray... if God is in control of all things and is going to do what he wants anyway, whether we pray or not?

Well, it is true that God rules his creation absolutely, allowing and controlling everything by his will and strength. Nothing is too hard for him (Jeremiah 32:27). Nothing escapes his notice (Matthew 10:29). Everything works according to his perfect will and plan (Ephesians 1:11). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and in the midst of everything that is going on he makes sure all things work together for his glory and for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).

But instead of this killing our motivation to pray, it should be the main reason for us to pray. How come?

Promises, promises

David Cameron kicked off the General Election campaign with the slogan 'Me or Miliband'. What a choice! Already most of the population are fed up. All the parties say what the voters want to hear, but we know they are making promises they mostly cannot keep. They simply don't have the power to deliver. Is there anyone in power we can trust?