Here is a great post about making a time and place for prayer. Inspiring and practical. I'm also adding a link to the book The Psalms for Prayer. I love this book and it has been a huge help to me in learning how to pray and what to pray for.
Lastly, my husband recently sent me a helpful quote:
The three duties of reading Scripture, meditation, and prayer belonged together, and though each could be done occasionally on its own, as formal duties to God they were best done together. ~ Peter Toon
So as you read the bible, pray. As you pray, use your bible as a guide. And during both make some time to meditate on what God is saying to you, today, through each one.