As we read the Bible we listen to God,
but when we pray we talk to Him. No
special formulas are necessary, God
just wants you to share your heart
with Him. You can talk to Him about
anything, which is pretty amazing
when you think about the fact that
He is the One Who created this very
world! Some people only talk to God
when they want something from Him, but it really is a good thing to mention other things as well. If you want some help and structure in your prayers, you can use these helps:
Adoration: You can start your prayer with worshipping God.
The Psalms are full of examples of adoration. In Psalm 47:2, for instance, it says “How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth!” You can pray verses right from the Bible,
or you can just express yourself how incredible God is.
Confession: Although the Lord forgives us our sins and promises us eternal life when we become a Christian, it is very important to admit any sins you do to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness. Although he loves us, our sins are very offensive to God, and can have an effect on our relationship with Him if we don’t deal with them appropriately. In 1 John 1:9 it says – thankfully – that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Christ’s sacrifice on the
cross was enough. We also may ask God to keep us from sin.
Thanksgiving: It is proper for us to thank the Lord for all He does for us, and for all He has given us. And you will find that a thankful heart is a happy heart!
Petition: God invites us to bring our requests before Him. That does not mean that He will answer all of our petitions exactly like we want to, but He hears whatever we ask for, and He cares about us deeply. Prayer is a better use of our time than worry: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phillipians 4:6
Also, you may pray the prayer that the Lord Himself taught us:
"This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give
us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."