There is a way to pray. The A.C.T.S. way (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) is a great way that follows the guidelines Jesus gave us in Luke 11. Because prayer is not a shopping list but a relationship, it is good to start with adoration and confession.
Luke 11:4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
We need forgiveness for our sins, so we ask God the Father for it. Yet let’s not forget the line after the comma: “for…”. Exactly. We cannot expect God to forgive us, if we do not extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Jesus expounds on this teaching in Matthew 6:14-15 and Matthew 18:21-35.