Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) wrote. “Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement. The latter (verbalization) can only be the secondary expression of the relationship with God, an overflow from the encounter between the living God and the living person.”
Perhaps the most debilitating thing about prayer is believing it needs to be verbal. Prayer is more thought than voice, more spirit to spirit, more just being normal than being ‘in prayer.’ When I have to think about prayer… I am usually not praying.
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Jesus