Prayer has always been explained as a way of communication between man and God. It is a way by which man is able to express his gratitude, air his concerns and ask for God’s direction or intervention in any matter or issue, however big or small, trivial or important. As much as I don’t doubt the validity of this claim, I still believe there is more to prayer than just asking or telling God anything at all. Jesus said something profound in Matthew 6:8—”Be not therefore like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him” which is an affirmation of God’s Omniscience. God is all knowing so if He knows what we are thinking before we say them, why do we need to pray?
Well, I was studying the same Matthew 6 this morning when it dawned on me that the real essence of prayer is to commune with God. God’s primary reason for creating mankind is to fellowship with Him. We are created for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11) and although He knows what we are thinking and especially what is best for us, He still want us to talk and commit to Him. God’s desire is that man be in perpetual touch with Him. We are to stay focused on Christ as the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and trust the Holy Spirit to pray for us (“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”— Romans 8:26). Our prayers should be seen more in the light of this awesome fellowship. The heart of worship that stems from this communion is such that prayers flow easily and selflessly. You trust God for everything and for your every move and God is sure glorified in all you think, speak and do. Because you will have an understanding of His purpose, your prayers will always be in line with His perfect will and you are guaranteed not to pray amiss.