I think a common view of prayer is similar to a common view of physical exercise. It is something we all know we should do. We feel a bit guilty that we don’t do it more often. We struggle with doing it consistently and effectively.
It is undeniable that prayer played a vital role in the lives of people used of God for His glory as recorded in the Bible. The Book of Psalms, at the literal center of your Bible, is filled with the heart-cries of people to God in every imaginable circumstance. The Bible gives the account of prayers from childless Hannah, the distressed king, Hezekiah, the prophet Elijah, the contrite king David, the tearful Jeremiah, the humble Daniel, our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ and the apostles fulfilling the mission to take the gospel to all the world.
We must never lose sight of the power unleashed when we come to the throne of God in prayer.