G^d is not an idol that supposedly needs us to placate it, or dangerously furious so that we urgently must try to calm Him down!
To pray is a reflexive verb in Hebrew. Though we address G^d, we better overhear ourselves because it mostly comes to teach us.
The Rabbis tell Jewish men to make at least 100 Blessings per day. Every one lavishly praising the Creat^r.
Thrice daily, we say our main prayer comprised of 19 large Blessings.
On top of that, we say countless Psalms praising G^d. And even more before, on, and after Shabbat. Shabbat morning, we spell out that we never can praise Him enough.
And then we have Hallel on special days, with a whole block of Psalms.
Is G^d so insecure that He needs Blessings? Unlikely. There is no indication that He lacks confidence (or anything else that is positive).
Is He so idle that He needs so many Blessings? Unlikely. He’s jealous, so to speak, because he tolerates no demi-gods beside Him. But that’s for our good, not because He opposes power sharing. He’s always ready and eager to team up with us.
Rather, I think that, like all Jewish Prayer, we say these praises to ingrain gratefulness in us. The backbone of religiosity is not to take anything for granted (although it was all granted).
That’s why parents, especially fathers, should not be narcissists so that the kids don’t think G^d is like that too, Heaven forbid.
Spoiled brats are really spoiled.
Have you seen Tachanun, pleading for Mercy, which we normally say 12 times a week? And on Monday and Thursday, it’s sheer endless.
Mizrachic Jews add regretting any sins and spelling out the 13 Aspects of His Mercy.
We say, over and over, that we are unworthy and plead by virtue of our holy Ancestors and His Grace.
Is G^d so moody that we need to calm Him down constantly? Unlikely. Idols supposedly need to be placated, but G^d loves us as His children with all His heart.
Is He an angry idol that seriously needs to be pacified? Unlikely. The Torah says He’s at least 2000 times more merciful than stern.
Rather, I think we say these things to ingrain humility in us. The foundation of evil is refusing to connect because you see yourself as a giant. People are great, but that gets obscured the moment we think of ourselves as greater than others and not needing Divine support.
Arrogant people don’t just need no one; no one needs them either.
We need to live aside from all other Nations to not assimilate and lose our Mission. But we need to combat isolation because it’s not good for humans to be alone with themselves.
To connect, we need happiness. Without it, everyone sits in their own corner moping. Happiness does not jive with arrogance, anger, jealousy, rivalry, greed, selfishness, hatred, or other destructive feelings or actions.
That’s why parents, especially fathers, should not be tyrants so that the kids don’t think G^d is like that too, Heaven forbid.
Gratefulness, humility, and happiness are not the only things Judaism tries to ingrain. Take the sanctity of life, repeated over and over again, and that we are a People with a Mission from when we were liberated from Egypt.