When I was young, I was taught to memorize prayers. It wasn't until my late 30's that I realized God wants us to speak to Him from our heart. We do this to share ourselves with the very One who made us; to let Him know we love Him and that we want His desires to become ours. We acknowledge our errors and ask for forgiveness; we renew the Spirit within us and ask for empowerment (which He happily gives). Throughout our lifetime, we become stronger as we are transformed eventually into the image of His Son, Jesus. Isn't it like God to make a simple request of us (to pray) and then use that for our good. Such an unselfish God. To know Him is to love Him. Praying, especially as you read the Scriptures, is one of the richest things you can do. Take your MEOW and turn it into a ROAR!