As I kid, I was taught to recite memorized prayers. Later in my 30s, I realized one can just talk to God by pouring out your heart. And then...the best thing can happen...if you will be SILENT and LISTEN, you might actually hear God speak.
I have 3 very short stories in my book that attest to the fact that God is still speaking today. Get the book or listen to the interviews on this website.
If you're not sure what it means to hear God speak, come back to this blog another day. I'll be writing a lot more on the subject. (Also, I have written a lot on the topic in my Bible Study Guide that will be a FREE download as soon as I finish it.)