Prayer can be a tricky thing, even for those who do it religiously, so to speak. Pope John Paul II once said: "How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like so long as you pray."
I'm needful. Not of a winning football team. Not of a parking space at the mall. Not, in fact, for any special favors no matter how serious. But of light -- what the Quakers perhaps best call the "inner light" that comes from God.