Prayer, few things are as mysterious and yet straight forward in the Word of God as prayer. God has made known to us how He feels regarding prayer so lets begin there. GOD IS FOR PRAYER!
GOD SPEAKS TO US IN PRAYER! Jeremiah 33:3; "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know." Ecclesiastes 5:1; "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God, To draw near to listen is better..." Isaiah 50:4; "...Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear, to hear as those who are taught."
GOD DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS! Revelation 5:8; "...golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." Hebrews 11:6; "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who who seek Him." Psalm 25:14; "The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant."
PRAYER IS HUMBLING AND THAT IS A GOOD THING! Psalm 95:6; "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!" Ephesians 3:12, 14; "Christ Jesus our Lord, in Whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father..." Philippians 2:10-11; "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
PRAYER IS A COMMAND, NOT A SUGGESTION! 1 Thessalonians 5:17; "Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." James 5:16; "Pray for one another... The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Ephesians 1:16-17; "I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him."
GOD GIVES US HELP AND ENCOURAGEMENT IN OUR PRAYERS! Romans 8:26-27; "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." Hebrews 4:16; "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." 1 John 5:14-15; "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him; we are sure that if we ask anything according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we positively know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know (with settled and absolute knowledge) that we have (granted to us as our present possessions) the requests made of Him."
Just think of it, we have access 24/7 to the LORD God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, Supreme Sovereign over the universe!!! It is unfathomable to me yet true, He welcomes us, He hears our prayers and He doesn't forget them and yes, He answers every prayer; not always as we asked, but always as is best. How long has it been since you entered the "Most Holy Place" just to thank and praise and commune with Your God?
"But when you pray, go into your most private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open."