We all go through a degree of preparations to eat.  If we did not eat we would starve.  The same happens to our soul, if we lack prayer we will starve spiritually.  Our souls live in silence and need to become coherent through our daily endeavors.  Jesus calls us to pray without ceasing, this allows you to transform your life into a living prayer.  We expect our will be done instead of God’s Will be done.  Many times we pray for our own intentions that would benefit us personally.  Also, we pray in desperation when we become ill or something sudden happens.  Prayer should be an ongoing daily meditation.  God, the angels and saints should be in our thoughts daily.  As our mindset focuses on Him we are able to conquer are daily trials.