For the sake of common language, this assessment will operate on the idea that prayer is God’s means for people to acknowledge their dependence on him for all things...Dependence does not come easily. I thought Rich Mullins hit the nail on the head in the song Hold Me Jesus:
So when we praise him, when we confess to him, when we believe him for a brother’s need, we put ourselves where God designed for us to be: dependent on his provision. A rich prayer life is one that regularly and unreservedly cries out "Abba, Father."
Surrender don't come natural to meSurrender is the very essence of prayer. So maybe our struggle to be consistent in prayer is an unwillingness to surrender? A lack of humility? A stubborn independence?
I'd rather fight You for something
I don't really want
Than to take what You give that I need
And I've beat my head against so many walls
Now I'm falling down, I'm falling on my knees
So maybe prayer is really a declaration of independence from our independence.