Dear sis Elaine,
well, prayer: The word PRAYER as used in the largest sense includes all forms of communion with God; it embraces worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication and intercession. (http://www.thebiblestudypage.com/prayer.shtml)
However, for us beleivers, we have heard atleast 3-4 sermons on prayres, and must have read atleast one book on prayers and its importance,I feel.
However, if we leave all those aside and want to say what we feel, it'll be a bit more helpful and also we can together learn, and grow in the Lord.
As beleivers, I beleive that your life-"born again life" begins with a prayer. A prayer which may be as simple as -thank you Lord for dieing for me on the Cross!
However as we grow in our Christian life, prayer becomes a not only our mode of communication to God, but a tool to live our victorious Christian life.
You know, I personally have felt, that if I sin wilfully, I feel such a sting of giulty conscience when I approach God, and we understand that we don't have the fellowship with God.Yet when we pray sincerely, repenting and accepting our mistakes, and asking for the Lord's pardon, we know that the Lord has forgiven us.
Even prayer helps us to face trials, and even Lord when we pray, He hears us and listens to our prayers, because we pray in the name of our Lord.
"in the name of our Lord" is a very important part of it as it means that it should be according to His will.
However sometimes I've seen beleivers getting depressed when their prayers are not answered. We dont realise that whatever happrns in life of beleievers in in the plan of God, and does whatever is best for us.However if we keep on praying for something which we may feel is necessarily required, however its not what God wanted, but He still does it, becoz of our persistant prayers, it really doesn't help us,as seen in the example of Israelites in the wilerness, where they wanted meat.
So indeed prayer is a very importnt part of our Christian life,whose evidence is even found in the Scriptures