Prayer is not sending in an order and expecting it to be fulfilled. Prayer is attuning yourself to the life of the world, to love, the force that moves the sun and the moon and the stars. We can close our hearts to that Tao of the universe, and because we so often do, alienation and lack of peace tear the world apart. But to the extent that we attune ourselves to the flow of life, to our life breath, our lives can become peaceful even in an alienated and torn world. To that extent, the world also becomes more peaceful. God works with us and in us. Also, as I noted before, it’s not what our prayers do to God, but how we ourselves are changed by encountering God in prayer.Steindl-Rast, Brother David; Lebell, Sharon (2009-05-01). Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey Through the Hours of the Day (p. 75). Ulysses Press. Kindle Edition.