The Bible says that God already knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:8). Unsaved religious heathens (2nd Timothy 3:5) think they'll be heard by God because they recite long chants (Matthew 6:7). Jesus prayed all night in Luke 6:12; yet Jesus said not to pray long prayers as the heathen do in Matthew 6:7. Why the seeming contradiction? It's quite simple. Jesus often prayed alone as every believer should have a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of life; but Jesus only prayed all night on one occasion that I found in the Scriptures, and that was on the night before He chose His 12 Apostles (Luke 6:12-13). Jesus prayed every day no doubt, as did Daniel 3-times a day; but it was only before a very important event that Jesus prayed at length. This is our example to follow.
The Bible teaches that if a believer is afflicted, whether physically or emotionally in pain, or both, then we ought to pray. In these Last Days, in view of the perilous times in which we live (2nd Timothy 3:1-5), I believe believers ought to pray very much. As I grow older I feel compelled to pray more, realizing just how insignificant and powerless I am to accomplish anything without the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6). My ministry means absolutely nothing if God's Spirit is not at work in the hearts of my web visitors. I pray daily for God's Spirit to bless my labors and influence lives for eternity.
We ought to pray without ceasing (1st Thessalonians 5:17), meaning on a regular basis. Our daily life and all the decisions we make should be bathed in prayer; instead of being saturated with TV, radio, newspapers, gossip, books, and magazines. All these things will take us away from the things of Jesus Christ as Philippians 2:21 states. The only way you are going to grow in the Lord is to spend some quality time ALONE with God and the Word of God, praying and searching the Scriptures. You can never come back to God because He has never left you. You may leave God, but He is always faithful and by your side (Hebrews 13:5). Even the vilest sinner has God close by, watching them, pondering their every thought (Proverb 24:12). But if you go to Hell in your sins, you will feel the absence of God, suffering eternal loneliness from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (2nd Thessalonians 1:9).