I read various Jewish commentaries and there are some very interesting things to learn about prayer.
Judaism considers prayer to be the absolute pinacle of human activity. to be in communication with God. God is conceived as being distant and aloof, because of His holiness and majesty, and, at the same time, always so near as to be withing range of the quietist voice that we may use for expressing our prayer.
The Jews rationalized that when the Temple was destroyed, prayer was the equivalent or better than the animal sacrifices that were offered there.
The first three phrases of the LORD’s prayer express our worship, awe, and love for the Father. Then, the remaining phrases boldly tell God " give …forgive…lead us…deliver us" so that we should pray with the confidence that the words evoke.
Generally, with one close exception (which I can’t remember) sacrificial actions in the Temple were done without prescribed prayers. Even Jesus does a miracle at one time or another without a prayer. The issue is for various actions in the Bible to be stripped of any suggestion that they were a result of magic, using an incantation to entice a god to do a favor, the words, as it were, gaining control over the god for a moment to accomplish something.
In Jesus of Nazareth His Holiness Benedict xvi reminds us that we have both a right and a duty to pray for our needs.
Rabbi Abraham Twersky book Twersky On Spirituality highlights that a level of spiritual maturity to which we should aspire would suggest that we pray every time we hear an emergency siren, to pray for the safety and efficienty of the emergency crew and to pray for any victims that may need our prayers for their safety or health.
The epistle of James recommends us to pray for wisdom (to know how to do God’s will and live life according to His commandments) which God lavishly gives to those who ask.
Paul tells us to pray continually.
One of our prayers at Mass is “LORD it is right always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ.”
Be thankful for everything.