1 John 5:14, 15 (NKJV)
If you asked Christians what prayer is and how to be successful in prayer you would probably get a lot of different answers. Some people think success in prayer is based on the amount of people that pray about a certain thing. Other people think that the length of time that you pray is vital while others would even say that the volume that you pray at is important. For some people prayer is nothing more than a wish or a hope that whatever it is they are praying about will work the way they want it to. But prayer is simply us talking to God and not some spiritual form of begging or a necessary ritual we have to perform to satisfy some religious requirement.
If we really want to know how to pray and what God says about prayer we need to look into God's Word, the Bible. 1 John 5:14, 15 are key verses for prayer that help us to understand that we can have confidence and success in prayer. For us to have successful prayers, our prayers have to be based on God's will, which we find in God's Word. If our prayers are based on God's Word then we can be confident that God not only hears us but that we are going to receive the things that we have asked God for; when we pray we must base our prayer on what God has already said in His Word.
Over the years that I have been involved in ministry and working with people I have found that prayer is an area of a lot of confusion. Many Christians seem to have no confidence in their own prayers and they think if they get some minister to pray for them they will have more success than if they pray for themselves. Prayer is not something that we should dread due to uncertainty in the outcome but prayer is a wonderful opportunity for us to talk with our Heavenly Father. By using God's Word as our foundation for our prayers we can be confident and have success in our prayer life, that is how God wants it to be!