For the next couple of days I am on vacation with my family, but, I don't want to break the flow of writing! However, I think that it might be best if I post writings from individuals whose walk with God has formed and shaped my own life as well as millions of others.
When you're part of the Reformed tradition John Calvin is pretty important. He believed that prayer should be thought of as a conversation with God, not a one sided monologue. A conversation, as you know, involves two or more speakers who talk as well as listen. Here is one of Calvin's extemporaneous prayers after a time of preaching--
Almighty God, since you so kindly invite us to yourself and do not cease, even if we are deaf, to extend your grace toward us, grant that we obey you willingly and allow ourselves to be ruled by your Word. And grant that we might obey you steadfastly, not only for a day or a short time, but until we have completed the course of our journey and are gathered together in your heavenly rest, through Christ our Lord. Amen.