What is prayer? I define prayer as expressing my heartfelt desires to God. Let me explain my definition.
Prayer is expressing. This means I am communicating something. I am making something known. I can express my prayers through speaking, thinking, singing, or writing. Psalms are full of these expressions.
Prayer is heartfelt. This means my prayers are genuine. I cannot pray fake prayers. I must pray sincerely and honestly. Jesus said, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:7-8).
Prayer is desires. My desires are two-fold. My desires are what I want and what God wants for me. Desire is the yearning and longing of my heart. Some people tell us not to pray for the desires of our heart; however, God promises to give me the desires of my heart (answer my prayers) if I delight myself in Him (Psalm 37:4).
Prayer is to God. I do not pray to an object. I pray to God. I can pray with boldness and confidence because my prayers are to the Sovereign God, the Creator, Sustainer and Controller of all things.
When I pray, I must make known the sincere and honest yearning of my heart to God. In other words, prayer is expressing my heartfelt desires to God.