1. Conversational prayers of asking and authenticity;
2. Uplifting affirmative prayer;
3. Praying for others;
4. Contemplative prayer.
In the initial journal work, I realized that the first prayers I learned as a child were asking prayers though that seems to be the kind of prayer that I'm the least comfortable practicing as an adult. I also recognized that I enjoy hearing people like Raleigh and Charlie pray this way. Conversational is the correct word for their prayers which do indeed sound like an intimate conversation with God.
I decided to look for ways I could become more comfortable with prayers of asking and a breakthrough came on Sunday when I realized that the metta prayer of loving-kindness that I say at the beginning of meditation and in moments of stress is an asking prayer.
May I be free from fear.
May I be peaceful.
May I make a friend of my body.
May I know grace and loving kindness.
It seems so obvious now that is is asking prayer but as is often the case, I need to find the links between my Buddhist practice and my Christian heritage to facilitate my spiritual growth.