A lot of people ask how to pray. Often, we share techniques or methods of prayer. Most of those are pretty good. I love the examen prayers and silent meditation. I love when we pray the scriptures using Lectio Divina. However, there are some fundamentals to prayer that do not require a method or technique.
If your prayers are sincere and honest, they are good prayers. Flowery words can be nice but as you pray are you thinking more about how it sounds than what you are saying to God? Do you truly mean what you say? Do you listen as much as talk? Do you want to be in prayer or is it simply a duty? Prayer is a conversation, it is an act of obedience, it is a way to praise, but all of this is hollow talk unless you mean it. Pray simply, pray honestly and you can be assured it will be heard.
You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. (NLT)
-2 Chronicles 34:27