Growing up Christian, prayer was always a routine to me, something I felt like I had to do because that's what I was always taught. It was the same prayer every night, repetitive and not heartfelt. I was never actually talking to God, I was just simply saying the same thing I would say every night and maybe throwing in a few prayer requests and asking for forgiveness for my sins they day. The basic Sunday school morning prayer.
In high school and my first year of college, I got to a point where my relationship with God was not where it needed it to be. I was lukewarm in my Christianity and was doing the minimum. I stopped praying. Maybe every once in a while I would say a quick prayer if I had a big test or if I wanted something to go my way but besides that, it was rare. That whole time period, I just felt empty. I didn't know what in my life was missing, I had everything I wanted that was worldly, but I couldn't figure out why I wasn't fully happy.
NO GOD, NO LOVE
KNOW GOD, KNOW LOVE.
I did not have a relationship with God. I didn't know God. I claimed to be a Christian but my actions showed otherwise. I didn't have that constant direct connection with God that I needed. The one thing in my life I was missing was that intimate relationship with God and I realized that I needed that back in order to live up to the standards of a Christian woman. My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming ’— Psalm 27:8 God wants us to come to him with all of our worries and hopes and problems and praises. He wants us to make him our best friend and have us open up to him. Everyone needs prayer in their lives because we are all helpless. We cannot do anything with having Christ in our lives and having that intimate relationship with him. I've realized recently that prayer gives you peace. Just the simple thought of knowing that I will never have to worry about anything because I know that God has a plan for me and he hears my every prayer and knows my heart. Prayer is powerful.
God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times.