...okay, so this is just ONE reason of many. There are many voices out there that will give you their insight, plan, and practices of prayer. I find however that until we start to dig around into what prayer actually is and what happens when we undertake this divine conversation, we end up missing a grand secret.
I'd love to write you my own thoughts, but sometimes you find someone who says it in a way that deliciously and perfectly captures the idea. Enter Richard Rohr, from his book Everything Belongs:
Prayer, however, is not finally self-observation, but rather to “fall into the hands of the living God” which is initially and indeed a quite “dreadful thing” (Hebrews 10:31) for one who has always tried to control everything himself or herself. When the small self knows that it has no meaning, no foundation apart from who it is in God, that’s radical transformation. When “I live no longer, not I” (Galatians 2:20), that is a completely different experience of the self. I think it is the very goal of all religion, to know our radical union with God which cannot be taken away from us. Most people just do not know about it.
My hope for you today, friends, is that you know the radical union with God that cannot be taken from you. Chase the wildness of God in prayer, and find that He is not far from you at all.