I frequently pray because I have a need, or because I am looking for assurance. Maybe I pray because someone else has a need, perhaps I find myself praying because I believe God has a need: for workers in the harvest. But how often do I pray simply because I love God, and want to talk with this God I am in love with? What is that kind of prayer like? How do I arrive at that kind of prayer?
Every once in awhile I find myself saying, “Hello, Father.” just because I wanted to say hello to Him. He has told me that I love Him because He has first loved me; how much of my speaking with Him is because He has first spoken to me? Am I constantly speaking with God in direct response to the word that He has ministered to me through my pastor, or some other brother or sister, or that He has brought back to my mind by His Spirit? Do I hear a word preached and talk to Him about it? How strange it would be if I had a son who listened to me, and followed my directions and instructions, but who only spoke to me if He had a request to make, without ever answering what I have said to Him. Children run to their parents and hug them; is my prayer ever like that?
I would like some of my prayers to be like love letters to God: spoken as a love letter is written: all the words, all the purpose, all the hope of response just to say “I love you, and am so glad to be in love with you, so satisfied with your love for me.” God has always loved me, and I am believing He knows how to do this between us. “Father, I love you, and I am hoping to learn to say so more and more, and with a purity that comes from you, and from being with you. Thank you Father.”