(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)
Is prayer necessary? This question is asked very often. What is prayer? If we understand what prayer is, then perhaps we will find the answer by ourselves. We usually think prayer means asking for things. We usually ask for material things, but this is not prayer. Prayer is not just asking, it is talking to God; it is communicating with Him. Nobody else can improve this statement of Kabir - "In prayers we talk to God and in Meditation we listen to Him." We can say that while praying we talk to God and in Meditations we experience Him. In Meditations, we don't merely listen, but we experience Him. This is the truth. Prayer is not merely asking for things, it is communicating; it is talking to God. Is prayer necessary? Yes, in that case it is necessary.