My Sociology professor defined "prayer" as a religious spell, or ritual to affect the outcome of a situation. Taken aback, I realized that he was right...at least, that's what prayer is for a lot of self-proclaimed Christians. A wish list of desires demanded of a supernatural force, thus turning God into a personal genie. Just rub his lamp.
Put as simply as I can, prayer is an ongoing conversation with God your Father. How? "Because we are indwelt by the Spirit of Christ everywhere we go and anytime that we are awake we can be in God’s presence." In reality our prayers should look like a conversation in a loving relationship:
Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Matt 6:5-15; Matt 7:7-11; Matt 9:38; Mark 6:31; Matt 14:23; Mark 6:46; Luke 11:1-13; Matt 21:12-13; Luke 19:45-48; Matt 21:22; Mark 11:24-25; John 14:12-14; John 15:16; John 16:23-28; Matt 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 18:1-14
(Roy King - Spirit and Prayer)