Many people don’t pray because they don’t feel they know how to pray. When I started preaching, I was so intimidated by other preachers. As you get older, you grow. As you walk with God it flows out of you.
We all can learn to pray more effectively, but at its core prayer is simple not complex.
Don’t make it harder than it has to be!
A Pharisee went to the temple and prayed a very formal prayer. Pharisees know how to pray. A tax collector stood far off and never even looked up because of his shame. He simply prayed, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner,” and Jesus said the tax collector went home transformed while the Pharisee went home unchanged.
Prayer in its most basic form is merely the expression of your thoughts spoken to God, either in our hearts or out loud. Saying things aloud does something for us. That’s it! Take your thoughts and feelings and express them to God.
- If you are sad, express that feeling to God.
- If you are angry, express that emotion to God, and do it with passion.
- If you are struggling with guilt confess it to God.
Don’t hold back. There’s no better One to pour our anger out to than to God. He already knows every emotion, thought and feeling we have, but He requires us to express it to Him before He goes to work.
Whatever you are thinking or feeling, pray about it. Prayer is the expression of our thoughts and emotions, so if you can think a coherent thought you can pray!
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, “The Joy of Prayer.”
 Luke 18:13 ESV