Prayer, in its simplest form, is communicating with God. You are important to God and He is concerned about you. He wants you to talk with Him and He desires to talk with you. Prayer is the greatest gift that God has given us because it allows us direct access to Him. Many of us do not take advantage of prayer for various reasons; we may not know how to pray, it may be that we do not have the confidence that God hears us, or it may be we do not understand prayer.
Throughout the Bible, people talked to God. On several occasions Jesus taught about prayer in the New Testament. He taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:5-15), He taught why we should pray (John 14:13-14); (Philippians 4:6), and most importantly He served as an example of our need to pray (Matthew14:23); (Matthew 26:36); (Mark 1:35). Prayer acknowledges our inability and our belief in God’s complete ability. When we pray, we invite God in to our situation and we declare our need for His help.
For many of us prayer becomes important when we find ourselves in situations that are out of our control. It is then that we see our greatest need to pray. We must understand that God wants us to talk to Him about everything, not just about the crisis. He wants us to talk to Him all the time, not just when we are in a bind. Whatever the case may be, we only need to call out to Him. He is waiting on you.