How to Pray
There is not a single way to pray, but there are ways of setting out to pray that are more effective. Essentially they are:
It is important to set aside time for prayer. A regular time slot is good, but if this is not possible, at least set aside some quality time for prayer, even if this is just a few minutes.
Find a place to pray where you will not be disturbed (this can be somewhere simple, like sitting in your car before going to work). It does not have to be a special place, although this can help.
The environment can help - maybe you find music helpful, maybe silence, maybe a lit candle or a statue or an icon.
Set prayers can also be useful, or reading some scripture (like the daily readings in the weekday missal or some stimulating thoughts from a publication like “Bible Alive” or “Magnificat” or from a web site with daily thoughts).
Prayer is a conversation with God, so all you need to do is talk to Him and if you give time and space He will do the rest!
There are many different forms of prayer. Below are listed just a few examples that you may wish to learn more about and experience:
Lectio Divina is a Latin term which means "divine reading" and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. Learn more at: www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Catholic/2000/08/How-To-Practice-Lectio-Divina.aspx
The Rosary is simply a Catholic prayer based upon the Bible that focuses on the events in the life of Jesus and that of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Learn more at: www.theholyrosary.org/index or www.how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com
Eucharistic adoration is simply adoring or honouring the Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain in God’s Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Learn more at: www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/pea/a2.html
Ignatian prayer is imaginative, reflective, and personal. St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged people to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. - Learn more at: www.ignatianspirituality.com or www.pray-as-you-go.org
Taize prayer is a gentle form of prayer which incorporates silence, repetitive songs (Taize chants), scripture and meditation. Learn more at: www.taize.fr/en_rubrique12.htm