Prayer is our conversation with God.
Prayer is often thought about as words … lots of words … unsurprisingly, since words form a key part of human communication. But good conversation is two-way, and good prayer involves listening inwardly as well, to prompts from the spirit of God, through intellect and feelings.
When Jesus' disciples asked to be taught how to pray Jesus taught them this:
Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours, now and forever.
There are formal prayers and corporate prayers, personal prayers and meditations of all sorts. Here are some sources:
For beginners and experienced:
Diocese of Sodor and Man prayer diary
April Prayer Diary 2013
Corporate prayers, set readings, and orders of service:
Church of England : lectionary [buy your choice of download online]
Church of England : liturgical texts [downloads]
Transforming Worship : CofE Liturgical Commission's pages with sample orders of service