Typically, someone who isn't a Christian uses prayer to get what they want. Something that will make theirs or others lives easier; happier. God is a genie in the lamp. So when the genie doesn't deliver, god gets jettisoned. Some people argue that prayer is a formula, if you get the ingredients right then answers will abound. The problem with all these approaches is that they put us at the centre. Prayer only works if you put God at the centre and that's something that fallen humans don't want to do We don't just need God-centred prayer we need God-centred trust. Michael handles practical questions about prayer as well as inviting us to change our broad brush concepts.