"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
When do you truly get to be yourself with someone and build a relationship with them? When you’re stripped from all the expectations of those around you and when you don’t have to worry about anyone else except the person you are speaking with. I think anyone you ask would all answer in a very similar way, when you have one on one time; just you and the other person. That is exactly what God’s intention of prayer is for us, one on one time with Him. It is in these times of private prayer where you can be yourself, voicing your praises, your thanks, and even your anger. God wants us to be authentic with Him. He doesn’t want us to put on some mask that gives us the appearance of having our life together, tied up neatly in a bow. He wants genuine relationship, no matter how messy, with His creation that he loves so very much. There is a very skewed understanding of what prayer actually is and what it’s purpose is. Most unbelievers and sadly some Christians think that prayer is asking God to give us certain things because we think we deserve them. For example, maybe something along the lines of, “God I’ve been a Christian now for a while and I would really like to get an A on this test,” or “I would really like to date this girl or this boy. Could you work that out? Let her know I’m the one for her.” Sounds crazy right? So many people view God as their rabbit’s foot rather than their first love. Prayer is to be the product of being so incredibly in love with God, that you just want to talk with Him.