Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?
Many thoughts are coming now to your mind, right?
Yes, we have all our own reasons why we pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam.
Realize that Allaah Azza Wa Jall never gets tired of Providing and Sustaining for your needs, He forgives you as long as you repent yet when He calls you to pray and have a talk with Him, you refuse?
Salaah is a gift and a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall. It is the best form of giving thanks to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, best way to have a talk with him and pour everything that is in your heart without being ashamed because you know Allaah Azza Wa Jall can be the only One who can bring such comfort in your heart, you know that when you pour out your feelings to Him, He comforts it by letting your tears fall from your eyes which in return gives such relief in you, have you ever notice that?
Yes, when we cry, we release all out the stress, hatred and pain away from our hearts, that is a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so when you cry it doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means that you are being comforted by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, there is nothing wrong on crying. It is a gift, so embrace it.
When you pray, concentrate, do not be fast on uttering the words of the Qur'an, feel every word, there is nothing wrong if you take long in salaah, it is a moment gifted to you by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so make it count.
When you pray, know that you stand infront of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so be firm. Stay focused, remember sooner or later, death may come upon you, so pray as if it is your last, cry, because with all the sins we have committed, we should cry, cry out for forgiveness from Him, for every minute that we have displeased Him, He tells us…
 Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allaah Azza Wa Jall said:
“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.
O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.”
Subhan'Allaah,how can a heart full of sins can not call out for forgiveness to the One Who says I will forgive you?
Every time, every time and i mean every single time we pray our Salaah, make it the most meaningful one. Make it so meaningful that your du'a would make the angels say Amin with you.
Allaah is Al Wadood, The Most Loving, my brother and sister in Islam, Allaah Azza Wa Jall loves you, just by the mere fact that he handpicked you to be a Muslim, says so much about His Love for you, or by just the fact that you were lost and He guided you back, doesn’t that make the heart grow fonder for Him more?
When you got lost, He didn’t put you astray more, rather He called you back, wallahi He gave you that honor back, so why are you putting this honor away by not praying?
Every salaah we make is a worship to Him, but go beyond that, make it a communication, a direct communication from you to Him, rather just praying just because you have to, pray because you want to, because you need to because its all that you have, the first step to become better, the first step to become closer to Him.
My dear child, we are bound to return to our Lord soon, either I go first or you go, all of us will. So make everyday count, you are given 5 gifts everyday, open it, fill it, embrace it and make use of it.
Remember, not all the people in this world is given this honor of having a talk with Him 5 times a day, We are blessed for we are Muslims and Allaah Azza Wa Jall honored us that.
Now, are you up for another talk with Him?
Yes,start with the next Salaah,give meaning to it.
And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall softens our hearts through our salah, through remembering His Mercy, His Love, His Protection, His Guidance and His Blessings that we may realize the bountiful blessings He has given us and in return we could give thanks by staying consistent on offering prayers to Him.
This is a picture posted online from a young girl who was given an F not because her written answer was grammatically bad, but because she mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. We need to wake up and begin to use the name of Jesus Christ everywhere we go, in every conversation, with every breath we take.
Sometimes we get into that state where we find nothing to comfort us, no food can make us taste happiness of relief, no words of our companions can pinch our heartsnor can any hug of our family can make us feel better…
I tell you, that’s the moment you should put your head on the ground, make sujood, cry it out to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, wallahi at the moment you raise your head, such relief will come to you, subhan'Allaah.
Nothing can comfort you like how He comforts you, you just have to have faith, when such times come, know that He is there for you, he never left you, he never lost hope in you coming back to Him.
Reunite with Him. Reconnect with Him. Pray. It’s not too late.
Remember what it is said in the Qur'aan:
And who can forgive sins, except Allah? - 3:135
Reflect from the story of Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu, a man promised Jannah, but would pray and make sujood from late night until fajr was about to come! subhan'Allaah.
and we pray that Allaah makes us among those who are patient and ever observant of their Salah!
My advice to you is to be conscious of Allah and steadfast in your religion. Do not yearn for the world, and do not be seduced by it. Do not resent anything you have missed in it. Proclaim the truth; work for the next world. Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed. Ali Ibn Abi Talib