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If I am not mistaken, I believe that Rashi comments that the reason that G-d made the patriarchs and matriarch not have children until an old age was because he desired their prayers.

If G-d is perfect and doesn't need or lack anything why then does he desire the prayer of the righteous?

marked as duplicate by Yishai, rosends, Scimonster, Daniel, Danny Schoemann Jul 19 '15 at 7:04

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    Possible duplicate: Since G-d is Omnipotent Why Does He Need Our Prayers? – Tamir Evan Jul 10 '15 at 14:21
  • @TamirEvan Maybe, but maybe not...is there something special about the prayers of the righteous, more so than they prayers of everyone else? – Shokhet Jul 17 '15 at 16:55
  • @Shokhet That is a good question (and maybe should be asked separately), but the OP is asking vis-a-vis God's perfection (omnipotence?), which should be the same as the other question, regardless of the quality of the one praying. As I said, "possible" - not "definite" - duplicate. – Tamir Evan Jul 19 '15 at 0:39
  • @TamirEvan I hear your point, but I don't know how central that point is to the OP's question. `@AniYodea, you might want to think about how you could edit your question to make the difference (if there is one) between your question and the proposed duplicate apparent – Shokhet Jul 19 '15 at 3:16

What HASHEM wants is his children to be good. Prayer, true heartfelt prayer, from someone that gives their all in the "right" path is pleasing to the Almighty as a child or pet's behavior will bring a smile to parent/owner. I believe this to be the case, I could be wrong though.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodea! A source would greatly enhance the value of this interesting answer. – Danny Schoemann Jul 16 '15 at 7:28

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