I pray to my icons in my room during my time of need. Sometimes for a minute, but others I've spent as much as an hour.
I do as I'm told..."go in my room, shut the door and pray to Christ where only He can see me in secret." I recite the Lord's Prayer when I'm finished, but I usually "talk" about how I'm feeling and what my heat's 'needs' are.
This is what I also do when I vernerate the icons of Saints that I have. I know that each Saint has a specific way of helping me and I simple ask, or beseech that particular Saint for their help. Is this proper?