Prayer is the essence of our relationship with God. The more you pray, the more you are in relationship with God. If you think of God as a person, and prayer as the frequency of communication with that person, how would you measure your relationship with God?
Is God the person you talk to every day and therefore, consider your relationship to be a good, strong one built on mutual respect, love and care?
Maybe God is the person you talk to multiple times a day, but what is the quality of that relationship? Do you have superficial or in depth conversations? Is God the person you only call from time to time, when you think about it, or when there is something He can do to meet one of your needs? Is God the person you have lost track of, and just don’t bother with anymore?
Thinking about prayer in this manner makes it less formal, more personal. This is what God wants from us. Remember, we are His children. If we are thinking of God in terms of human relationships, then God is our Father.
Do you call Him on Sundays only? Have you let weeks, months, or years go by without touching base? Considering He is the best, most loving Father any of us could have, then He deserves all that we can give Him and so much more. Just like any other relationship, if it isn’t nurtured, it doesn’t last.
Have you called your Father lately? How’s He doing? The next time you talk to Him, let Him know I say hello. I’ll be sure to mention you to Him.
Jill Fischer is the Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School.