... The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~James 5:16 (KJV)
I know all about how great praying is. Really, I do. That does not explain why I do not do it more often. That does not explain why I keep my problems to myself and not share them with God. That also does not explain why I try to hide things from Him by purposely not praying about them. It also does not explain why I try to make major decisions without even thinking about praying about them first. The whole thing just does not make a whole lot of sense.
I remember thinking to myself that I don't know how to pray because I can't pray like those other people. I would think that those "good" Christians can pray because the words would flow off their tongues like water and they seemed to remember everything and everyone. Their eyes were closed, sometimes they cried, and they were so passionate. Believe me, I don't ever remember praying like that. Naturally, I assumed that was the right way to do it.
I did not realize that if I just talked to God, I would be praying. Woah! Really? So I started slow, talking about going back to school. I decided to tell Him a little something about myself on a daily basis. To round it out, I made sure I thanked God for loving me and saving me. Before I knew it, I was praying. Lastly, if all else fails, I go to the model- The Lords Prayer found in Mathew 6:10-13.
I believe I still have a long way to go in my prayer life, but I have stopped talking and thinking about it. I decided to take action. Of course, I have only scratched the surface.