The prayers of us Christ followers floats straight up to the Father in Heaven and is sweet incense or perfume to Him. And I am not making this up! The proof of it is found in nature and in Revelations. We get this powerful, terrifying view of battles and evils being unleashed and there is a pause as our prayers are a sweet incense to God. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend going out into the country somewhere in a clearing and sit down and pray out loud, praising God. If you look around and listen, nature will echo your praise and you will feel the wind and hear the leaves stirring and dancing as your praises rise up to Heaven. Test me and see for yourself. Our words to God matter. People have attempted to give elaborate, written prayers, well rehearsed and well scripted thinking it somehow is more spiritual or meaningful that way, but I am convinced within myself that the more real the prayer and conversational, the better. “Help!” Is a perfectly good and complete prayer. Some great prayers are nothing but praise and admiration for who God is. Some great prayers are all requests for healing in others’ lives or help through financial trouble, etc. But the absolute best perfume to the Lord, I believe with all my heart, is a running g dialogue throughout the day that includes everything in your life, the good and bad and requests and praise, etc. When we are told to pray without ceasing, I really think that was a literal command. He wants us to share everything with Him. That does several things: firstly, it definitely encourages you to stay on the path, secondly, it is worship, a giving of your whole self to the Lord and constant fellowship with Him. Thirdly, it keeps things that rise against you in their proper perspective and aspect. Meaning, what without prayer is a two ton problem, with prayer is a speed bump. Fourthly, it grows you in wisdom and knowledge and understanding and maturity of faith and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am sure it does other things too, like assist with personal relationships, etc., but I believe these are the main things. Your prayers can be in your head or out loud, as long as they are offered. And God, unlike some think, doesn’t “have better things to do”. He accomplishes His goals and plans, but He is huge enough to be everywhere at once, and if you are important enough that He knows the minutest detail about you as to know the number of hairs on your head, you can bet He cares about the little things too. He created us all, designs each and every one of us and wants to be an integral part of our lives as if we k now this to be true and agree wholeheartedly. People walk around in two different ways (who are not Christ followers) like they created themselves or like they were an accident or mutation of some kind. People of prayer know their Savior to be their Creator. People of prayer fight on their knees with their words, the most powerful weapons or tools we have. People of prayer are not surprised by evil attacks. They know they are coming and Who is really in control of the universe and any minute circumstance or detail in it. People who pray understand the value of being close to their Creator.