What is prayer?
What is prayer? Prayer is a very simple thing: communication with God. Though often directed heavenward, the reverse can also be true. Therefore, prayer is not a mere repetition of words, a position of the body, or a means to participate in a religious society. Prayer is the human heart before its maker. It is appropriate anytime and ideally, all the time.
God hears the prayers of all who sincerely call upon Him (Psalm 145:18), to those who know Him, He becomes like a father. Some people may see that as disregarding the exalted status of the Almighty and Unknowable One. In fact, fatherhood began not with the birth of human babies, but with God Himself (Ephesians 3:14-15). The more we know and follow His ways, the more we understand Him to be our spiritual Father, the Creator of our souls. Jesus, therefore, said this about prayer:
What is prayer? – Why doesn’t God always answer the way we want?
Those are the basic answers to “What is Prayer?” Sometimes, however, children ask their parents for harmful things. God does not promise to give us those. At other times, like foolish children, we wander away from Him. We may claim to follow God, but we pray only to satisfy our greed and lust. God will not answer such prayers (James 4:1-3). Instead, He may draw back or even oppose us, hoping that we change our ways.