The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live, and to which I withdraw. It is my hidden center, beyond the grasp of my reason and that of others only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, the place of truth, the place of encounter, and the place of covenant.
We connect with our God through prayer. Prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. It is through the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our hearts that we pray.
Prayer is not a spare wheel which we go for when we are in an emergency but rather it is the steering wheel which we use to direct and navigate our life through the maze of this world. Prayer should demonstrate a total consciousness of our need, a sense of our complete inadequacy along with a sense of God’s complete adequacy and willingness. It is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s ever present willingness it is a means of intimate communion, fellowship, and dependence upon God the Father who has promised to work in and through us through His Son, just as God worked through Him. Prayer is a means of claiming God’s promises and knowing and becoming abandoned to God’s will.
Why then should we pray?. It is primarily because of our great inadequacy versus God’s perfect sufficiency and ability to meet our needs and provide for our lives. He is the all-sufficient one with whom nothing is impossible, while we are just the opposite. With man many things are impossible but with God nothing is impossible. Another reason is because of the battle with demonic forces and powers that are many times stronger than we are. Prayer is needed to employ our armor and experience God’s super-abundant power against the enemy.
The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.
God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation
Prayer is the thoughtful exercise of the heart and the mind through which we seek to draw near to God in worship and dependence on Him because of who He is as our sovereign God and support.