Listen, I know many of you saw the word 'prayer' in the thread title and are just itching to write a post about how prayer never works, sorry to disappoint, but whether or not prayer works is not the point of this post.
JWs do believe that prayer works, and as such, what they tend to pray about is, I think, quite revealing about their general attitudes toward other people.
I have heard thousands of public prayers by JWs, some of you may have heard tens of thousands. I obviously cannot remember them all, but my experience tells me that never, or at least rarely (I guess there are always exceptions to the rule) would a JW pray for the solution of a general problem such as asking Jehovah to help the homeless, asking Jehovah to bring peace in a wartorn country, or asking Jehovah to bring about fairness to the oppressed, except as such problems may effect other JWs, or except by means of 'The Kingdom', which is supposed to solve said problems by wiping out all those suffering them. They may pray for direct help for members of the Congregation going through major problems, but I rarely hear a JW offer to say a personal prayer for someone going through a hard time. And how often would a JW pray for those persecuting their brothers and sisters, as Jesus asked us to do?
Compare the standard JW prayers to the prayers you can find on the C of E website as an example: http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/topical-prayers.aspx
I've been told by several JWs since leaving the religion to look at the fruits of other religions, or told that I will not find another religion where people love as much as JWs, but I think this is one area that suggests the opposite.
Does what I'm saying match up with your experience? What kind of things do you think a JW would never pray for? How do those of you with experience in non-JW religions find/found their prayers compare to that of JWs?