Heard today on Ancient Faith Radio (the Orthodixie podcast):
When the disciples of Jesus asked him how they ought to pray, He said,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
He answered the question. He told them how to pray. Every petition is contained within that one perfect prayer. Christians across the globe use it and have used it for more than two thousand years. They haven't used it as a springboard or a jumping off place or an outline or a suggestion, either. They've prayed, "Our Father ..."
And isn't it interesting to note that Jesus didn't say, "Just talk to me."