I find praying difficult.
Combine an activist personality (I want to achieve something!) with a wandering mind and a sinful amount of self sufficiency and you get not much prayer.
I've been reading C.S. Lewis' book on prayer - Letter to Malcolm. I've read it before. There's some weird stuff in it (praying wordlessly?!) but it's interesting and helpful.
I've decided to write myself a set of prayers to use. I'll mostly write them in a form for corporate use (we, us, our etc) but I'll alter them a bit to use myself.
I'm going to try to write a couple of prayers of confession, a prayer for our world, a form of prayer for friends, a prayer for my family, a prayer for myself, and a prayer for my church.
For the next few weeks I'm going to make these the prayers that I say. I'm just going to recite them (or some of them) each day. I'll see if it helps me with concentration and making sure that I get around to praying the things I should pray.
Anyone else tried this?