As Christians, we are especially interested in prayer. However, many people seem to view prayer as little more than a “divine credit card.”
They make a request and hope to receive the answer with “no money down”, meager time expenditures, and virtually no “seat equity” (work).
While it’s true that prayer is an avenue through which God blesses us (Matt. 7:7-11), to think prayer is only to meet our needs is to miss the fullness of relationship with God.
Much more than reciting a “wish list”, prayer is a conversation between you and God, your father.
Notice the word conversation. This word is comprised of two latin words: con-meaning “with”, and verse-meaning “to keep company.” When we combine the two, we see that conversation means to keep company with someone, in this case, God.
There are times in prayer (conversing with God) when we should speak, but there are also times when prayer means listening to to His replies.
God wants to communicate with us, however, we are frequently inclined to talk more than we listen. To be effective, prayer, like any other conversation requires both talking and listening, and yet another-obedience.