By means of His own example, Jesus demonstrates that continuous conversation with God is essential. Prayer is the act of speaking with God. It likens how we converse with a dear and trusted friend – confidently, regularly, honestly, openly. To pray is to talk with God, sharing with Him everything about ourselves and all that is happening – joys and sorrows, victories and failures, confidences and worries.
Prayer enables us to get to know God and to get to know ourselves.
To the degree daily prayer is neglected, our life lags. Conversely, persistent prayer connects us ever more deeply with God and with those whom we encounter.