Why talk to yourself? You can talk to God anytime, all the time.
Prayer is more than mental exercise; it taps into the mind of God, derives from him its power, transforms hearts and situations, and sets the world on its ear, as the Creator bends the flow of events to serve his will, at the behest of his people.
“We will come to regret that which consumed our heart, our mind and our time in building temporal foundations, but we will never come to regret building a spiritual foundation comprised of Jesus Christ and His eternal worth. Keep us clear minded and focused so that we are aware of the difference in that which only satisfies us here and that which satisfies us for all eternity.” —adailyprayer.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/a-prayer-for-a-spiritual-foundation/
We talk about it and teach on it. So did Jesus. And he also taught how to do it. He also had published a model prayer and many other prayers by his people in Scripture. So why aren’t we publishing many of our prayers? They serve many functions, not the least of which is to serve as motivation and example, and an invitation to others to join in with many amens.
The church can be defined in large part by what it does. “… the church offered earnest prayer to God for him” Acts 12.5 CEB.
Prayer doesn’t have to be long. It does have to be sustained.
Prayers should be specific, to diminish the necessary suffering in life. “Pray that it may not be in winter” Mk 13.18.