Make prayer a habit. In fact wrestle with God and - dare we say it - overcome Him. (Genesis 32:28) Of course you should not be presumptuous, but neither should you cringe. Rather be respectfully bold with God. (Hebrews 4:16)
Raise your hands when praying if opportunity allows. This was a habit of patriarchs, prophets and apostles. (Exodus 17:11-13, 1 Timothy 2:8)
Pray mostly in secret. This allows more freedom. Keep public prayers short. (Matthew 6:6) Kneel when possible without becoming ostentatious. (Psalm 95:6)
Pray in the morning and again in the evening. But any time of the day or night will do. Never give up the habit of prayer. (1 Thessalonians 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Try fasting. Fasting is prayer's invincible ally. (Acts 14:23)
If you have never prayed, ask God to teach you. (Luke 11:1) Bear in mind that every prayer is sifted, edited and presented to the Most High by the Holy Spirit in a way that will do justice to its true meaning.
The criterion of a good prayer is, therefore, not the glowing language used to express it, but rather the spiritual content of the prayer and whether or not God grants it.(Romans 8:26-27)
Above all remember that prayer is the believer's most powerful weapon in his/her fight against evil, and it is still true to say that: "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees".
God is even now, waiting for the church to wake up to the power of prayer, to make prayer a habit, to ask and receive of Him the immeasurable bounties He has already provided in Jesus. And it is a constant cause for divine amazement that so few believers even want to understand the subject or give themselves to prayer. (Ezekiel 22:30-31, Isaiah 59:15-16)
Indeed it is your privilege to pray; for coupled with faith, prayer is the finest communication system with the Almighty the church possesses. To be sure it may breakdown, but that is usually because we have not understood its requirements. But though it is sometimes difficult to understand it is easy to start again.
Prayer it an extremely powerful system. More powerful than wealth, or talent, or numeric supremacy. Prayer can do anything God can. So, meet the divine conditions ASK and RECEIVE, and shall we say "surprise God, yourself and everyone else."