See the Wisdom section for more instructions, hints and tips.
You were taught at an early age by your Mom and Dad to wash your hands - especially before eating. As you grew older, you probably heard the message around cold and flu season about washing your hands for 15 seconds with soap and water.
What are the consequences of not washing your hands? Probably a few days of not feeling good or maybe having to go to the doctor and take some medicine, but in all likelihood not much more than that.
Now what about praying?
Hopefully, your Mom and Dad taught you at an early age to say your prayers in the morning, at night, and before you eat.
Hopefully, as you grew older, you attended church every week and received religious training.
But do you still pray in the morning, to ask for God's help with the challenges and temptations you will face during the day, at night in thanksgiving for all you have received during the day, and before meals thanking God for the food and the people you are sharing the meal with?
Saying prayers, like washing your hands, should be a habit, but what you say in prayers should not be a habit, it should reflect what you are feeing and thinking at the time.
What are the consequences of not praying? Let's just say that they are SIGNIFICIENTLY longer in duration and more painful than any physical ailment we might get here on earth.
So wash your hands to clean them from germs and pray to clean your heart and soul.