By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Have you ever noticed that when you are ready to pray, the phone rings or somebody knocks on your door? How often is your prayer time distracted with things on your to-do list, with daydreams, or with sleepiness?
Prayer is the most important thing we can do as believers. Through prayer, we communicate with our heavenly Father. We also learn more about Him when we pray. We grow in our faith through prayer. When we pray, we find the encouragement, the strength, and the power we need to face life.
Satan, however, seeks to interfere with the sacred intimacy of prayer. He did not want Adam and Eve to communicate with God in the Garden, nor does Satan want us to communicate with God. Rather, he seeks to find ways of making us spiritually weak. He knows that prayer is our vital source of power and strength.
When you receive good news or something wonderful happens in your life, do you immediately thank the Lord? Many of us pray only when we are facing a problem. We cry out to the Lord in our pain, but we often fail to praise Him in times of joy. This is when we realize that we have not made prayer part of our daily lives.
Prayer is not to inform, to persuade, to manipulate, or to cajole God. It is the evidence of our surrender before God, of our obedience to God, and of our sincerity before God. He wants to commune with us. When you understand that prayer is joyous, intimate fellowship with the Lord, you will want to make prayer a consistent part of your life.
What does it mean to pray? To pray is to talk intimately with God. To pray is to open continuously the floodgates of heaven’s blessings. To pray is to breathe spiritually and, thus, to be spiritually alive.