Prayer in many respects can be the most challenging aspect of being a Christian today. This is unfortunate because prayer is how we communicate and share in the love that God has for us. It is easy to believe that God loves us, but what does this mean if we never take the time to contemplate God’s love, or thank God for His goodness? A marriage in which husband and wife never speak to one another is on very rocky ground, similarly, how will we ever grow in our relationship with God if we do not take the time to speak with Him?
Just as different couples communicate their love to one another in different ways, and those methods may evolve over the course of the relationship; so to our prayer life with God can be expressed in an infinite variety of ways. Sometimes we may think that we are “bothering” God with our prayer, or that God does not care about us. Is a mother “bothered” when her child wants to talk to her or ask for her help? Is a father “bothered” when he is asked for advice by a son or daughter? Of course not! How much more so for God, who created each of us uniquely and loved us into being! God created the whole universe with each of us in mind, and He could not have imagined a universe without you! What an amazing gift that we have, to be able to share in the life that God has given to each one of us, and to share our joy, sorrow, and presence with our Creator.