Often we hear of people who think of prayer as an obligation or a duty, and as a result struggle through making time for God. Considering that prayer should be just as natural as everyday living, the challenge is to reflect on how do you come to prayer with God.
Normally we do not strain over our communication with one another and it should be the same with God. Praying because you think you need to should not be your mindset when coming before God. How much would you enjoy those who come to visit you because they think of it as their duty?
Allow your time in prayer to be based on a loving relationship and fellowship with the Father and Jesus your Lord. Remember that you are a part of Him an that the Father owns and has control of your life. In spiritual fellowship, your needs have become His needs.
Your life’s work on this earth is not your personal work, but it is the Father’s work. It is the interest of the human community and should be shared in spiritual fellowship with the Father and with His Son. John 15:5, reminds us, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”.
Just as the vine and the branch are one, so are you one with the Father and Son in His work. You are a co-laborer with Him; coming to God in prayer to garner His plans and will and receive His wisdom, grace, and power to carry them out in the earth. Therefore, as you come to God in prayer, think of it as a privilege, a joyful visit, and a great opportunity.
L. Jerome Jones