Conversation with God is the foundation of everything else – and he is constantly speaking! Before we ever say a word of prayer or read a word in scripture, God is reaching out to us in grace. We humans were created for relationship with our Creator, and our hearts are restless until we rest again in him.
Over the centuries, the followers of Jesus have responded to God’s initiative in a variety of ways. Prayer with God is a relationship to develop, but like any relationship makes use of helpful pathways and methods. Learning techniques like ‘active listening’ help our human relationships; in the same way the approaches that follow are methods that countless others have found helpful.
May you rest in Jesus more fully each day, and find in him the restoration we all so greatly need!
The "Jesus Prayer" – in many of the Eastern churches (e.g. the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe), the words of a blind beggar to Jesus (Mark 10:47) become a rich, simple prayer for any of us at any moment of the day: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!”
Praying the Lord’s Prayer – a child can do this, but a lifetime will not exhaust its riches. Jesus himself taught us this prayer! Speak out to God one phrase at a time, and the pray along the lines suggested by that phrase.
For more ideas on very simple prayer, here is a British ministry with solid helps: https://www.24-7prayer.com/simpleprayerideas
Books with Prayers (aka 'Devotionals')
Other Books on Prayer: