Pastor Peters writes
The purpose of prayer is not to achieve the desired outcome (healing, lengthening of life, material goods and resources, certain feelings, etc.). The purpose of prayer is for me to trust in the goodness of the Lord which never fails and which can never fail me. It is my confidence in this goodness that is the object of my prayer.
And for those of you who know this text to be paired with the tune St. Columba, here is a wonderful setting.
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
Thou spredst a table in my sight;
And so through all the length of days