“Prayer is made up of words filled with invisible power. This is the greatest life-giving energy on Earth.”……Sue Sikking
Rev. Sikking was an author and founder of Unity By the Sea Church in Santa Monica. During her life, 1899-1992, she was a pioneer in a profession predominately had been held by men.
According to Wikipedia, prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with Deity, an object of worship or spiritual entity through deliberate communication.
My view of prayer differs a bit from Rev. SIkking’s. I look at prayer as the act of putting forth positive energy into the universe. Similar to majick and spell work, prayer is the manipulation of energy, increasing the positive energy to a situation. Energy is not invisible as it is everything and can be measured in many ways scientifically and emotionally.
Putting forth this energy can be done via speech, thought or written word. The belief of the Law of 3 Fold Return states, basically, that whatever you put out returns to you 3 times. Positive out - positive in, negative out - negative in.
Is there a wrong way to pray? Absolutely not! The only caveat is that your prayer does not call on something negative happening to another. Anything that you feel can enrich a prayer is favorable. This may include kneeling while praying, folding hands, focusing on an object (rosary beads, crucifix, etc.), a burning candle, holding a stone that possesses certain properties, burning incense, wearing certain garb, playing background music and so on.
Prayers can sustain hope (see http://www.examiner.com/article/the-thing-with-feathers-that-perches-the...) and beliefs, give comfort and stability. When all else fails, when faced with a last resort, prayer can aid in overcoming and accomplishing things. It is Universal in that no person, corporation, government, institution or group of people holds the license to prayer or the method of doing so.
While all prayers are answered, the results may not come about exactly as you had envisioned. Perhaps they are answered in a different time frame or in a different process, but the end result is one that is best for you to reach your life goals and learn the lessons of life.
Give it a try, and often. You will be amazed at the results assuredly.