"Lord, teach us to pray"
What is prayer? From Frederick Buechner's book, entitled Wishful Thinking
Whatever else it may or may not be, prayer is at least talking to yourself, and that's in itself not always a bad idea.
Talk to yourself about your own life, about what you've done and what you've failed to do and about who you are and who you wish you were and who the people you love are and the people you don't love too. Talk to yourself about what matters most to you, because if you don't, you may forget what matters most to you.
Even if you don't believe anybody's listening, at least you'll be listening.
Believe Somebody is listening. Believe in miracles. That's what Jesus told the father who asked him to heal his epileptic son. Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes." And the father spoke for all of us when he answered, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:14-29)
What about when the boy is not healed? When, listened to or not listened to, prayer goes unanswered? Who knows? Just keep praying, Jesus says. . . . Keep beating the path to God's door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer the God you call upon will finally come, and even if he does not bring you the answer you want, he will bring you himself. And maybe at the secret heart of all our prayers that is what we are really praying for.
Do you have a prayer request?