I struggle with prayer. My struggle is probably somewhere in the middle of that continuum. It has become clear to me that I do not have the faintest clue how to pray very effectively.
So what is one to do?
It is clear from the model of Scripture that we are supposed to pray. Jesus did. Paul did. David did. Some of their prayers are recorded.
A place to start may be to look at some of their prayer and see if there are some guidelines that we can follow. The problem with that is those guidelines can become routine and essentially kill the relationship. Using the prayers of Jesus, David, or Paul rote is without heart.
So what do we do?
If John 15:5 is true, perhaps we need to abide in Christ. Not abiding results in our not being able to do anything. The implication seems to be if we abide in Him, we can. Prayer would seem to fit that promise.
So perhaps our task is to do what the disciples did in Luke 11:1, ask the Lord to teach us to pray. That is what I have been doing. The lesson for me is taking some time. It is taking some effort. I am not patient. I want results and I want them now… But, it seems that the Lord is on a different timetable. It occurs to me that I will spend eternity learning how to better communicate with Him… A few months or years here working on that communication seems trivial in comparison.