This should encourage us to perform them because they differentiate us from the hypocrites and prove we are truly believers; to forgo our sleep and worldly affairs to press our heads on the floor in thanks is beneficial and loved by Allah (swt).
How lazy and unthankful we are if we think about it: we complain about cold water dripping from our faces, the sleepiness that blinds our eyes, and the aches in our body yearning to lie and rest, and we, as believers, need to be ashamed of ourselves.
Allah (swt) has all authority and power.
He is the One that knows us the best.
Yet, He has made things accessible and easy for us to accomplish and yet we still cry and moan about it.
He could have made Fajr prayer four and not two but that is not enough for the sons of Adam (pbuh).
We are willing to rush to our jobs at the crack of dawn, comfort our babies at all hours of darkness, stay up late to study but when it comes to prostrate to the One who has provided everything for us slaves, we are an ungrateful bunch of creations.
Allah is Ar-Rahim and Al-Ghaffur; we sometimes oversleep, or are too sick to make it on time and there are exceptions and Allah’s (swt) ultimate mercy. But we overstep the bounds when we step all over our deen and regard our prayers as something to do when we have time.
How do we feel when we have appointments with others and people do not appear at their appointed time? We feel that they are rude, lazy, or think that they did not take the meeting seriously.
Sometimes we are stubborn enough to not forgive for this behavior.
Who are we to behave like this to Allah (swt), miss our appointed times to pray and disrespect Allah (swt) and His Messenger?
But we are lucky enough that Allah (swt) knows us, what is in our hearts, and forgives those He wants.
The irony of it all as believers is that Allah (swt) does need not anything and surely nothing from us. We are reluctant and slow to praying and this act only benefits us and no one else. Allah (swt) has ordered us to do good for our own benefit but we sometimes look the other way.
We are humans and we are weak, and Allah (swt) knows this.
Let us forsake our beds, sleep, and work and seek Allah’s (swt) pleasure into the gardens of Jannah.