I have dealt with young people who love to ask theological questions. That is a good thing, don't get me wrong.
But unfortunately I slipped for years into a lazy spirituality where I knew what I believed, BUT really didn't know why. I believed it strongly, but had no basis, other than "that's what I was taught."
I have been on a re-discovery of sorts lately where I have been questioning WHAT do I believe, and WHY do I believe it?
So, kids often ask "If God already knows what is going to happen, then why do we pray?"
After I ummm and ahhhh and try to come up with something that sounds deep, I usually default to "Because God told you to." Super spiritual, I know. Great leader that I am.
This topic is deep and far-reaching and we could debate it for days, but recently I heard a great explanation of why we pray.
Why do I pray?
Because God listens.
Philippians 4:6-7 (New King James Version)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.