God hears a mother's prayer.
Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them.
may i be i is the only prayer--not may i be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong today... may i be me....five foot eleven, brown hair/eyed, smart, serious, happy, frustrated, impatient, joyful, running, sleeping, smiling, eating, trying, believing, listening, being & becoming.
e. e. cummings
For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Bow, stubborn knees, and, heart with strings of steel,
Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe.
All many be well.
Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.
Edward McKendree Bounds
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible's idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.
"The flowers have appeared in our land: the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land." When the soul, like the solitary turtle-dove, retires and recollects itself in meditation to converse with God, then the flowers, that is, good desires, appear; then comes the time of pruning, that is, the correction of faults that are discovered in mental prayer.
Prayer is the song of the heart. It reaches the ear of God even if it is mingled with the cry and tumult of a thousand men.
Being listened to and being heard is an experience that doesn't happen terribly often. To listen compassionately or nonjudgmentally to another person - not to get too heavy about it - but I once heard somebody say that was a form of real prayer.