Too often, we make prayer showy, shallow and self-centered. It ought to be simple, sincere and spiritual. Here are some things people have said about prayer that you might enjoy and find helpful.
"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." -- John Bunyan
"We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all." -- Oswald Chambers
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" -- Corrie ten Boom
"I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." -- Martin Luther
"God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." -- Richard Sibbes
"When at night you cannot sleep,
Talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep." (Author unknown)
"Saying one's prayers isn't exactly the same thing as praying." -- Lucy M. Montgomery (in Anne of Green Gables)
"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast." (James Montgomery)
Lord, teach us to pray.