If you've been to an amusement park you know that it's designed to transport you to another world. The goal of the entire experience is to help you lose yourself in its joy and excitement. In prayer, we're transported to another world. Now a theme park is all make-believe; you have to leave it and come back to the real world but there is no make-believe with prayer. It takes us into the heavenly realm where Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. It positions us to hear from God. Hear what? Hear God's voice applying His Word to our specific needs and circumstances.
But let's admit it, prayer can be hard work; it requires discipline. It's not as easy as running around having fun at an amusement park. All of us know what it's like to get down on our knees with the best of intentions, and either fall asleep, run out of things to say, or find our minds wandering after just a few minutes. 'Prayer changes things,' as the old saying goes, but it first has to change us: to turn us from a self focus to a God focus so we can understand and do His will. The writer to the Hebrews puts it this way: 'We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all - all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help' (Hebrews 4:14-16 TM). Today you have access to God through prayer. Use it!