Prayer is conversation with the living God.
Our God is relational. He wants to hear from you, to speak to you, and to make you more like his Son. Prayer is the way we deepen this relationship. Put simply, prayer is a two-way conversation with God. This means that not only do we speak to God through prayer, but we also listen. The best way to learn how to pray is to practice.
Not sure how to start? Follow this acronym:
Pause: take a deep breath and focus your mind and heart on God.
Rejoice: Praise God for who he is and what he has done. Thank him for what you have.
Ask: Share with him the desires of your heart. Ask him to move in your life and the lives of others. Give him your worries, concerns, and fears.
Yield: Surrender control by confessing your sins and yielding to his rule and reign in this world.
(adapted from How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People, by Pete Greig)