O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. (Psalm 88:1)
When we understand and see prayer as life’s battleground, the battles of life will be much easier. Consider Christ praying in the garden of Gethsemane: It was not preparation for the battle of Calvary; it was the battle.
I do not fully understand prayer, but I know God wants me to pray. When I pray, I am not so much informing God of my needs, wants, or desires; I am revealing to myself the truth of my prayers. I am conversing with my Creator. He in turn is communicating with me. God knows what I know better than I know what I know. He cares, understands and knows what is best for not only us, but also His will and purpose in and through our lives. If we trust Him as the God of our salvation, surely we can trust Him to hear and answer our prayers. The key is that we have to pray---purposefully pray.
May I encourage you to set aside specific times to pray? I have found that early in the morning is a great time to pray. I have fasted through the night. My mind is fresh and ready to begin another day with the Lord.