Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power Of Positive Thinking, had a three part formula for praying.
Step 1. "Prayerize". Go about every day discussing with God in a natural, normal manner the questions you will have to decide upon later on in the day. Ask for His guidance.
Step 2. "Picturize". Print a picture on your mind of what you believe to be God's will for you. But first pray about it and put the matter in His hands.
Step 3. "Actualize". Work hard and intelligently so that your prayer may come true, if it is God's will that it should.
"Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe". Norman Vincent Peale
"When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him". Norman Vincent Peale