Prayer happens when we become conscious that God is with us. Prayer does not necessarily even need words. We can wait on God in prayer. We can be "Still and know" (Psalm 46:10) that he is God. Or we can "shout for joy". There is no correct ritual, or one way of praying. Martin Luther King (1929-1968) said:-
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
Prayer is where we grow in our relationship with God. There are many different ways to pray. Here are some ideas:-
• Find a quiet place to pray
Many people find this helpful. Perhaps there is a place in the house where you can go and "close the door" and remind yourself that God is with you, that He cares for you. A place where you can pour your heart out to Him. A place you can hear His "still small voice"
• Go for a walk
Going outside, enjoying creation, these things can be helpful to clear the mind and converse with God. You might find as you walk that your mind naturally starts to think about the day, perhaps you are meeting a friend or you become aware of something that needs to be done. Instead of worrying about these things, give them over to your Father in Heaven, who cares so much more for you than the birds of the air.
• Write your prayers down
Some people find it easier to write their prayers down, as if they are writing a letter to a close friend. Remember that you can be as honest and open as you like with God. There is nothing he has not seen before! And His forgiveness is without boundaries. You may wish to turn your writing into a book, creating a daily prayer journal. You could also keep a note here of anything that you feel God may be saying to you.
• Read the newspaper and pray!
Watching the T.V. or reading a news item and then stopping to pray is a good way of praying for others. Praying for others is known as "intercession". It's good to be informed as you talk to God about these things, and as you pray specifically for people and events.