Perhaps another option is to tell him to try saying a prayer of just thank-yous. I did that once, and I ended up praying for an hour.]]>
I’ve also had some good experiences with Susan’s suggestion to pray for other people. I like the change of heart that comes from praying for someone I’ve had friction with.]]>
Clark, not sure if you’re joking, but vocabulary isn’t the problem. He’s feeling like he’s just repeatedly addressing the same subjects, like checking off a list.
CJ and Susan, that’s an incredibly good idea. I pray while walking the dog, and sometimes find myself talking out loud in places where people can hear me. Embarassing, but good prayer time.
Paul, I’ve never tried writing things down as I think of them, but I think it’s a good idea. Remembering to do it is the hard part there.]]>
I also like the conversation recommendation.
Something else (which might be more than a teenager is ready to do) is to jot down ideas during the day to talk about.
I learned to pray with a pencil and paper on my mission (eg, to have one ready to record thoughts). I don’t always do it, but when I have a “big” topic I sometimes do.]]>