Prayer is an integral part of your relationship with God.
As your understanding of God grows, and your relationship with God deepens, you will learn more about prayer. But, today, understand that prayer is simply talking to God. Big words are not required. Fancy language is not required. Prayers are not more or less effective because you learn and use Biblical style language. “Thee”, “thou”, and “thus” are not required! Just talk to God. Talk to Him like you would a friend, a spouse, a confident, or a counselor.
It is a conversation. And, while it might seem odd at first, take some time to listen as you speak. Conversations rarely work when they go only one way. You need to listen as well as talk.
Prayer can be any time, any place. You can shout a prayer. You can whisper a prayer. The Word of God encourages us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). And, that in every thing, we should pray, asking God, our Father, for help. Big things, little things, hard things, easy things. All things, talk about them with God. “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6).
You may find it easier to pray and listen if you remove any distractions. Turn off the cell phone, TV, radio, laptop, etc. Find a comfortable space and place. You can sit, kneel, even lie on the floor, and talk to God. I pray in my car while I’m driving, when I’m doing the laundry, or vacuuming. I talk to God. And, in the quietness, listen. You may only hear the sound of a ticking clock, a dog barking, the washer humming, or the kids playing at first, but as you become accustomed to paying attention to the thoughts of your mind and your heart, you will realize that God speaks to you. Listen to His voice. If you are prompted to call out someone’s name in prayer, or ask for His guidance in a situation or problem, do it, this is God leading you in prayer.
Read John Chapter 2.