Catholics are encouraged to pray frequently — not only when they are in church but at other times as well: at home, out walking, or in a favorite quiet place.
Prayer has been called “wasting time with God.” It’s a bit like friendship. If you asked friends why they spend time together, they’d probably say, “We just like being together.”
It’s the same with prayer. At its heart, prayer is a relationship — our relationship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila said, “Prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with God who loves us.”
So prayer isn’t measured by results. It’s worth- while for it’s own sake.