Prayer is to Christianity like popcorn is to movies: two things that are supposed to go together. Even if you’re not a Christian you probably have an understanding that Christians are supposed to pray. It’s what we do, or at least what we’re supposed to do. But that doesn’t mean that we do it. For many Christians, it means that we intend to pray, we feel guilty about not praying, but we still don’t pray. Why is that?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 couldn’t be clearer, “Pray continually.” The Old Testament talks about prayer, the New Testament talks about prayer, Jesus himself taught about and modeled what our prayer lives should look like. Think of prayer less as bringing your Christmas wish list to the cosmic Santa Clause in the sky and more like sitting down with your closest friend for a leisurely conversation in your favorite coffee shop. Think of prayer as a vibrant, life-giving, on-going conversation between you and your Heavenly Father. So why don’t we pray like we should?