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The basic idea of prayer is having a conversation with the Lord. And in any conversation there are two critical aspects: talking and listening. So if you are just getting started with prayer, I recommend starting with a few moments of silence and then just start talking to the Lord. Try to share with Him whatever moved your heart during the last day, whether that be frustration, anger, joy, happiness, tiredness, or sadness. Be open and honest, remembering that He cares about everything. If it happened to you or you care about it, He wants to hear about it.
But if we just talk the whole time, we miss hearing from the wiser person in the conversation. It is crucial to be open to receive what the Lord has to say to us. Start with this simple exercise: be silent and imagine Jesus looking at you with love. Then, wait and receive that love. The Lord desires to reveal Himself to us, He just speaks in a different way than we are used to experiencing. Set an alarm or have a plan for how long you plan to receive from the Lord, mostly so you don’t cut it short because you feel like nothing is happening. Be patient–the Lord loves to work in the silence.