Prayer is fellowship with God.
Don’t pray to change God’s heart, but to get to know God’s heart. Get to know Him like you would get to know a person who becomes your friend. Read about God, talk to Him, get to know Him, and spend time with Him like you would a “flesh” friend. God has chosen us to be his friend (John 15:15), and when we choose to be God’s friend (James 4:4), we fellowship with our Lord and Savior.
What better way than through prayer can we have fellowship with Jesus? We can pray anytime, anywhere, and about anything. He calls us to fellowship with Him (1 Cor. 1:9). Christians are the branch connected to the vine. “No branch can bear fruit by itself” (John 15:4). Get connected and stay connected—talk to God. I love the old hymns: “What a friend we have in Jesus.” And “He walks with me and talks with me, and tells me I am His own.”
Can you imagine that a sovereign God wants a relationship with us! When I was a kid, I sat in a tree and talked with God. One does not need to be a theologian to talk with God. God invites us to “Call to me and I will answer, and show you great and mighty things” (Jer. 33:3) and Jesus exhorts “Come all who are weary and burdened…” (Matt. 11:28). We can pray when we are sad, when we have questions, when we are rejoicing, and when we are thankful (Ps. 118:28). We can come to the throne of grace with confidence (Heb. 4:16).
Of course, it isn’t that we don’t want to pray, we just don’t seem to make time to pray. Nevertheless, Jesus invites us to have a relationship with Him and He is always waiting for a call from us. “Come to me little children” (Matt 19:14). We can pray when we feel like it and we should pray even when we don’t feel like it.
Praying Christians are Growing Christians
Growth comes through the watchfulness of prayer. The Bible says, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” (I Peter 4:7). The closer we are to the end of history, the more determined we should grow in our prayer life. It’s not easy to pray, and if we only pray when we feel like it, we’ll seldom pray. But as we develop the commitment to pray daily and to pray continually, we are creating a climate of growth for our souls.
Praying Christians are growing Christians. Christians who skimp on prayer are weakened by the neglect.
David Jeremiah, Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven, page 296.
It is a privilege and responsibility to get together with our Lord! Let’s make the effort to pray more.