Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
(Philippians 4:6 NLT)
Easier said than done, this “not worrying”. We pray…we tell God what we need (or what we think we need) and we give thanks (hopefully for all He has done).
God knows what we need, but I think He likes to hear it from us. Maybe He is trying to teach us to separate the “want” list from the “need” list.
Praying is simply talking to God. I think praying gets easier and more comfortable when we can get away from phrases that have been learned from others and just talk to God with respect as our Father.
Giving thanks should be easy for there is much for which to be thankful. Hard to imagine why Paul would give thanks while in prison or others in circumstances less than desirable. Maybe, it is not the circumstance to be thankful for, but that He is there, He knows our needs, He hears our prayer, and He knows our heart. Shalom!