The point is - he had a very open and honest relationship with God - He was able to come before the Lord with EVERY emotion because he TRUSTED God with his life, feelings and heart-ache.
I grew up in a non-Christian home so praying does not come naturally to me. I always forget to say grace over our food. When my girls were little and I put them to bed at night, I always said the same prayer - short and sweet and to the point (probably due to a lack of imagination). My daughter once called me on it and said to me 'you always pray the same thing!' And I retorted, 'yes, but I always mean it!' Which was true.
I've never really had this magnificent wordy prayer life but knowing that praying has such a huge impact on my life I have tried to put 'prayer plans' into action.
When we eat out we always say grace. Not for the benefit of the other patrons, but so we acknowledge God for the food and thank Him for it.
As it does not come naturally for me to pray in general, I got into the habit of using those little prayer books by Stormie O Martian to pray a little something:
- for my husband (Power of the praying wife),
- for my girls (power of the praying parent),
- for my marriage (Power of prayer to change your marriage) and
- for myself (Power of the praying woman).
It is amazing how differently you feel about someone you pray for! And these little prayers really helped someone like me to pray about things I would not ordinarily have thought about, for example, a God fearing spouse for my daughters in the future, their career choices, etc. Also over time I could add to those prayers and be more specific, more personal.
Having said all that, I believe that as I walk through my day, driving kids to school, doing washing, tidying up, admin work for my husband, constantly chatting to the Lord, praising, thanking, lots of supplication, I am praying. Prayer is communication with the Lord and you get better at it the more you do it.
I Thes 5 v 17: Keep on praying.