In considering prayer, I have always felt comfortable with the application that prayer is a conversation.
A conversation between wee little me and Almighty He.
I have found that God is very interested in what I have to say as He is with what you have to say.
God wants to know what you feel you need and why you feel you need it.
Notice how King David brought his what’s and why’s to God.
What: Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayers; answer me.
Why: For I need your help.
What: Protect me.
Why: For I am devoted to you.
What: Save me.
Why: For I serve you and trust you. You are my God.
What: Be merciful to me, O Lord.
Why: For I am calling on you constantly.
What: Give me happiness, O Lord.
Why: For I give myself to you.
Taken from Psalm 86:1-4 (NLT)
Write out a list of what’s and why’s you wish to ask of God.
Then…talk to Him about the list.
Having trouble with your own list?
Then use David’s.
What did David ask for?
Help me…protect me…save me…be merciful…and give me happiness.
That sounds like a list we all need.
God wants to talk to you, if you are willing to talk to Him.
Talking to God is praying to God.
The what and the why is your part.
The how and the when is God’s part.