Prayer, a time set aside to engage and know God and for God to engage and know us. Throughout the Old and New Testaments God represents His relationship with His people as a spousal relationship. Prayer can be viewed as a type of courtship leading to a spousal relationship with God. Prayer can be a period of excitement and anticipation, a period that leads to betrothal and marriage.
What is our courtship of God like? Is our prayer time dominated with the wants and needs we desire from the relationship? Or, is it a time spent listening and learning what God desires in us as a spouse? Does our prayer reveal our true self? Or, do we present a false image of who we are? Comfort should be taken that God loves us as He created us, not how we try to remake ourselves.
Is our prayer time a casual time, a time convenience? Or, a time reserved for God, free of distractions, a precious time reserved for our future spouse, a time revered, a time looked forward with anticipation and joy?