Thomas Aquinas on the Purpose of Prayer

If God is omniscient and immutable (unchangeable), what then is the purpose of prayer? It would seem as if prayer would be rendered of little value, given that God knows everything and is incapable of changing in response to our prayers. In his lectures on Matthew 6:9-11, Thomas Aquinas discussed the question of God’s omniscience and immutability and the purpose of one’s prayer. Although prayer may seem to be rendered of little use in light of these two divine traits, Aquinas identifies five reasons why prayer is vital to the Catholic’s spiritual life. Join us this week as we discuss Aquinas’ thoughts on the purpose of prayer in light of God’s nature.

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