Most of my prayers are spontaneous or at least not planned out. They are more like conversations over lunch with a good friend. But on occasion, I need to do some per-prayer planning.
One doesn’t talk to a boss about a raise, or a child about improper behavior without at least playing out the conversation in one’s mind.
I like the idea of talking to God on the fly and on a regular basis, but every now and then a little per-prayer thought helps set the right tone. As I mature, I need to talk to God about the future. Will he/she look after Suzy after I’m gone, what do I need to say and do with my remaining time, and how to forgive and make amends before it is too late. These are serious conversations that need thought and planning before they begin. They also can’t be rushed when they start. Give yourself time.
God loves to chat, but he/she is also there when it is time to shut the door and get serious.