When you think of praying, do you envision an elaborate dialogue or literary work of art? I used to. I used to beat myself up because my prayers weren't anything special or elaborate. God has really worked in me lately and has shown me that prayer is really just a conversation with Him. It's a continual conversation I get to have with my best friend, at all times of day or night, regardless of where I am.
I don't know about you but I have often thought, man I wish my best friend was right here with me so I could share x, y, or z (insert happy, sad, or angry emotion) with them. Guess what? God is my best friend and he is Always listening!!
It has been interesting for me to go to God with these thoughts rather than my friends. When I would go to a friend with something exciting I had done, I took all the credit. When I go to God with something exciting I've done, I can't help but thank Him. When I go to my friends with hurt and anger, my friends validate my point of view. When I go to God with hurt and anger, He directs me to see the situation from other points of view that I couldn't see myself.
Just simply turning to Him rather than a friend has made such a difference in my life.