Then I got married and differing work schedules alongside a budget meant I actually had to try to figure out at least a simple basic understanding of cooking so that there would be edible food on the table but also so we wouldn’t get tired of eating the same food continuously.
Food and cooking at the core are very simple but can be made complex.
Often many view it as complex, without putting much effort into trying to understand and learn how to enjoy its complexities.
Prayer is very similar to this. At its core, it is very simple, a conversation with the Heavenly Father. Talking and listening, just like you would a friend or family member. But why does it feel so hard? Why is there so much mystery surrounding it? Is it because the person we are trying to communicate with is unseen? Or the fact He is always with us wherever we go? Is his power over all the world really affected by my prayers? To me, these types of responses reflect something deeper. They point to the character of God. His characteristics of omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience are lofty and difficult to understand.
How well do you know your spouse? How about your parents? Best friend? Does the more you know that person make it easier to talk, and especially listen, with them? I venture to say it is the same with God.
The more you know Him the easier it is to talk with Him gets.
Notice I said talk WITH Him, not talk TO Him. I am just as guilty as the next person of talking too much to God and not taking the time to talk with Him. It is easy and convenient to talk to God, telling him of all you are in need of, the troubles of the day, and even things that you are thankful for or ways He has provided.
How much more would you know Him and who He is, thus knowing what He likes and dislikes if you spent time with Him?
Include reading the Bible in your time talking with Him and conversing over it to really know His heart.
So the next time you think prayer is too tough or is being frustrated by it, just remember to spend time WITH Him, because He is always there with you.