How often do we shy away from prayer? We see God sort of like the Wizard of Oz @ times. I remember the scene when the lion was asking for courage. He trembled down the hall to stand before the 'great and mighty Oz'. The wizard asked 'Who is this who dares stand before the great and mighty Oz?' The lion's courage turned to syrup and he ran back down the hall and jumped out the window! It was my favorite part of the movie! I laughed and laughed, and still laugh.
Yet, our Lord already knows our heart. He is a loving father who loves to bless his children with every good thing. He is not some scary king who sits on a throne holding a scepter looking for whom he may burn alive for the slightest infraction. We are to come boldly before the throne of grace, because He wants us to draw near to Him. He desires our presence. He is our Father, our confidante, our friend.
Prayer is a way to express our hearts to the one who loves us the most. The one who created us. Yet, how often do we wait until there is something wrong, and just use prayer like a form to fill out to hand to the complaint department?
I have found that when I begin to thank the Lord at the beginning of prayer, it brings a sense of His presence close. In fact, if I purposely list all of the things I am thankful for; I sometimes find my problem smaller. He wants us to give Him our issues. He also wants us to see Him for who He really is. We have much to be thankful for.
I am especially thankful that He is not looking to zap me with His holy scepter every chance He gets. I do not need to run FROM Him, but run TO Him. I give Him thanks, I give Him my issues, mostly though...I give Him ME.