God invites us to catch a glimpse of His heart. The Heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance & preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He grieves that we have forgotten Him. He weeps over the obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence.         

 And the key to the heart of God is prayer.                          

 Perhaps you have never prayed before except in anguish or terror. It may be the only time the Divine Name has been on your lips has been in angry expletives. Never mind be encouraged the Fathers heart is open wide, you are welcome to come in.                           

Perhaps you may not believe in prayer. You may have tried to pray and been profoundly disappointed…and disillusioned. You seem to have little faith, or none. It does not matter,   the Fathers heart is open wide, you are welcome to come in.                               

Perhaps you ‘re bruised and broken by the pressures of the life. Others have wronged you and feel scarred .You have old, painful memories that have never been healed. You avoid prayer because you feel too distant, to unworthy, to defiled. Do not despair the Fathers heart is open wide, you are welcome to come in.                                                                               

Perhaps you have prayed for many years but the words have grown brittle and cold. Little ever happens any more. God seems remote and inaccessible. Listen, the Fathers heart is open wide – you are welcome to come in.                                               

  Perhaps prayer is the delight of your life. You have lived in the divine milieu for a long time and can attest to its goodness. But you long for more: more power, more love, more of God in your life. Well, the Fathers heart is open wide you too are welcome to come higher up & deeper in.                                                                                                   

   If the key is prayer, the door is Jesus Christ. How good of God to provide us a way into his heart. He knows that we are stiff-necked and hard-hearted, so he has provided a means of entrance. Jesus, the Christ, lived a perfect life, died in our place, and rose victorious over all the dark powers so that we might live through him. This is wonderfully good news. No longer do we have to stand outside, barred from nearness of God by our rebellion. We may now enter through the door of God’s grace and mercy in Jesus Christ. – taken  From Richard Foster book Prayer.