Years ago I made the mistake of questioning prayer in Sunday School I did not do it to challenge the concept, for at the time I believed in prayer, but I questioned it to come to a better understanding of prayer and communication with the God.
The question went something like this. How do people really know that they are actually communicating with God and not just with their subconscious? You would’ve thought that I bombed somebody’s home. The reaction was scary. Several people looked at me as though I was possessed. A couple persons shared in an adamant testimonial way their personal belief and experiences in prayer, but never actually answered my question of how they knew.
Luckily one person with a good reputation in the congregation who also knew me well came to my defense, sharing that he understood my question, that he knew I was sincere in asking it, that he didn’t have an answer, but that it was a good question. Perhaps he said that because he saw the disappointment in my face, or perhaps he too had asked the same question in his own life. Regardless, I left that Sunday school class less spiritually stable than I had entered it, all because I was I wanted a real answer and not just an affirmation of the group thought.
So I put this question to all that read this. If you believe in prayer, please comment on how you “know” you are communicating with God.