Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141:2
1 Trusting in God's omnipotence

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son. Genesis 18:14

�The things that are impossible with men are possible with God. Be still before God and ask Him to give you to know Him as the almighty One, and leave your petitions with Him who does wonders.�
2 In faith, doubting nothing

I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23

�Have faith in God! Ask Him to make Himself known to you as the faithful, mighty God, who worked all in all; and you will be encouraged to believe that he can give suitable and sufficient answers however impossible this appears. "
3 In the name of Jesus Christ

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14

�Ask in the name of the redeemer God, who sits upon the throne. Ask what he has promised, what He gave His blood for, that sin may be put away from among His people. Ask - the prayer is after His own heart - for the spirit of deep conviction of sin to come among His people.�
4 Abiding in Christ

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what your will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

�Abiding in Christ means that God has to be inside us and we have to be inside God. we are to abide in Christ by drawing near to God and by experiencing His being near to us.�
5 With the whole heart

I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD,  and I will obey your decrees..  Psalm 119:145

God lives and listens to every petition with His whole heart. Each time we pray, the whole infinite God is there to hear. He asks that in each prayer the whole man shall be there, too; that we shall cry with our whole heart. Christ gave Himself to God for men; and so He takes up every need into His intercession. If once we seek God with our whole heart, the whole heart will be in every prayer with which we come to this God.
6 Not limiting God

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Matthew 13:58

�Beware, in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that your know what He can do. Expect unexpectedly things above all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your place in Christ; and expect great things.
7 Boldly

We have a great high priest,.. Jesus the Son of God � Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace.  Hebrews 4:14, 16

�It is the very first lesson we need on the way to pray the effectual prayer that availed much. Let us persevere, taking each subject boldly to the throne of grace. As we pray we shall learn to pray and to believe and to expect with increasing boldness. Hold fast your assurance: It is at God�s command you come as an intercessor. �
8 With the intercession of the Holy Spirit

We know not what we should pray for as ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered: Roman 8:26

�One way the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray is through the Old Testament, which, along with the New Testament, is the Holy Spirit's book of prayer. The patriarchs and the prophets, the history of Israel, the great prayers we call the psalms, instruct us in prayer. Jesus himself learned to pray through them and his own prayer reflects that tradition.�
9 In deep humility

Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour. Matthew 15:27-28

�You feel unworthy and unable to pray. To accept this heartily and to be content still to come and be blessed in your unworthiness is true humility. It proves its integrity by not seeking for anything, but simply trusting His grace. And so it is the very strength of a great faith that gets a full answer. �
10 In Secret

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

�Take time and realize, when you are alone with God:  Here am I now, face-to-face with God, to intercede for His servants. Do not think you have no influence or that your prayer will not be missed. Your prayer and faith will make a difference. Cry in secret to God for His ministers.�
11 With definite petitions

"What do you want me to do for you?"    "Lord, I want to see," he replied. Luke 18:41

�The lord knew what the man wanted and yet He asked him. Be very definite in your petitions, so as to know what answers you may look for. Ask and expect God definitely to bless them in answer to the prayers of His people.�
12 As a child asks a father

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Luke 11:11, 13

�Ask as simply and trustfully as a child asks bread.  You can do this because �God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father: This Spirit is in you to give you childlike confidence.�
Do you pray?   Do you think your prayers were answered?
Nobody knows when and how God answers our prayers, but He does answer our prayers. The Bible has documented miracles after miracles to prove that God does answer prayers. He answers different prayers in different ways. But how then should we pray so God will answer us? Maybe it has something to do with how we pray, just maybe.

Below is my collection of prayer methods I have gathered thru the years.  I wish to share them with you for I find them very helpful.  Some authors I do not recall now. Hope they will forgive me.  May God bless you and I pray for your miracle �
How to Pray
As a child asks a father