Psalm 40:1 ... "I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry."
Romans 12:12 ... "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
1 Thes. 5:16-18 ... "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Matthew 21:22 ... "And whatever you ask in prayer you will receive, if you have faith."
Acts 1:14 ... "All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer..."
I would encourage you to look up the context of each of those verses. The Lord has really been teaching me to pray differently lately.
Funny enough, I kind of had a revelation about prayer while watching "A Christmas Story" not too long ago. Prayer is one of our means of communication between us and our God. For me, prayer and worship are the two biggest ways that I feel like I connect with God. So, in the spirit of Christmas, think about this: if your parents didn't give you everything you wanted for Christmas, would you stop talking to them? Of course not! That's absurd. So why do we do that to God? We pray for a while and when we don't feel like it's working, we stop. Why don't we trust that the God of the universe knows best? We get frustrated and we cut off this sacred, beautiful communication called prayer. We need to realize that maybe He is doing what He is doing because if he gave us what we wanted right now, we might "shoot our eye out."
I'm learning to pray earnestly. To devote myself to prayer, and trust that God will do the rest. It's been a cool learning experience. Praise Jesus!