For some people prayer is seen as an obligation, a ritual that must be done to please God. For others it is like a counseling session, pouring out your heart and feeling better afterwards. For most of us it is a list of requests that we hope God will grant us so that we can experience happiness!
But what is prayer for God? I found the best answer in the Old Testament:
There I will meet with you and, from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the Testimony, I will speak intimately with you...
Prayer for our Father is to meet with us. A meeting off course implies relationship, but not any kind of relationship - a close relationship. A relationship where He wants to speak with you intimately!
Just ponder about this thought for one moment… the Creator of the universe, wants to meet with you! No matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been. He wants to meet with you above the mercy seat!
In the Old Testament the mercy seat was in the Holy of holies, behind the closed veil and only the high priest could enter one a year. That veil was torn when Jesus died on the cross. Today the holy of holies is inside of our heart. The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, a veil is lifted and you have direct access to Father, every moment of the day. To meet intimately with Him in prayer!
What a privilege!