“Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth” - Isaiah 21:5-6
“And it came to pass, that as he was praying in a
certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples
said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also
taught his disciples” - Luke 11:1
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds - Colossians 4:2-3
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not - James 4:2
[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures - James 4:3 (AMP)
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people) - Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)
Thou art my battle ax and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; and with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider, - Jeremiah 51:20-21
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shallfind; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” - Matthew 7:7
What a directive Jesus gave! Ask (crave, desire strongly) and it will be given to you; seek (search) and you will find; knock (be persistent) and it shall be opened to you.
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you” (John 16:23).
"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God" - Phillipians 4:6 (AMP)
God has a recipe for prayer: don't worry - pray; have definite requests. Afterwards, keep thinking Him for the answer to that request. A definite request is a formal written request. God is serious about this prayer business and expects us to be also.
I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. - 1 Timothy 2:1-3
in these verses the Apostle Paul is clarifying what types of prayers believers should pray, as well as, for whom we should be praying.