“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matt 6:7-8)
Don’t use vain words. Really think about what your are asking God for. Really know that you are talking to a live person, and not just reciting magic words that you don’t need to understand. The Lord wants us to know what we’re asking Him for. He wants us to use our freedom and rationality.
Be clear. If you don’t ask for help, God will honor that choice.
“Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” (Matt 7:7-8)
If you have to make a choice about something and you don’t know which way to go, ask God! You should never have to feel stumped. Make prayer part of your active life, not just something you recite before bed or in church. Pray to God when your driving your car, when your eating your food, when your struggling at work, when your enjoying time with your family.
“Regarded in itself prayer is talking to God and at the same time some inner view of the things that are being prayed for. Answering to this there is something akin to an influx into the perception or thought of the person’s mind, which effects a certain opening of his internals towards God. But the experience varies according to the person’s state and according to the essence of whatever he is praying for. If his prayer springs from love and faith, and if they are wholly celestial and spiritual things about which and for which he prays, something like a revelation is present within his prayer which manifests itself in the affection of the one praying in the form of hope, comfort, or some inward joy.” (Arcana Coelestia 2535)
The origins of the word “Pray” mean to “ask earnestly,” “to request,” and “to entreat.” (wikipedia)