We must know and believe in the CHARACTER of God in order to have a healthy prayer life. In Luke 18, Jesus used the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge to teach us about having a robust prayer life. The widow wouldn’t stop requesting justice from the judge until he finally tired of her and gave her justice. Jesus contrasted “the widow” and the “unjust judge” to “the saved” and “God” when He said: “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:7-8) If we KNOW the character of God, then we KNOW He cares about us. When we are His children and daily surrender our heart to Him, we begin to KNOW Him as The Father that He truly is to us. This relationship give us faith in His character and then it opens up our heart to regularly place our requests before Him because we KNOW Him. God knows our desires. He knows we are frail and that we NEED Him for everything—even our next heartbeat and breath. The other reason we don’t pray consistently is that we don’t acknowledge how much we NEED God. Instead, we’d rather IGNORE our need for Him, NOT pray to Him, and–solve our problems on our own. These verses in Psalms need to work themselves past our mind and into our heart and transform our prayer life: “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalms 103:13-14) When we KNOW our frailty and we KNOW that even our next breath depends upon our loving Father; then we begin to develop an appreciation for the immense faithfulness of His character. He’s even been taking care of the most basic things for us—oxygen, food, basic bodily systemic functioning, etc.—since we were born—right? God’s character has proven that we may entrust Him with our EVERY need. When we KNOW Him, prayer becomes our first response not our last resort.