Prayer is the formulation of an idea concerning something we wish to accomplish. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. Your desire is your prayer. It comes out of your deepest needs and it reveals the things you want in life.
Ask and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Mathew 7.7
Here you are told you shall receive that for which you ask. It shall be opened to you when you knock, and you shall find that for which you are searching.
It implies the definiteness of mental and spiritual laws. You must ask believing if you are to receive. Your mind moves from the thought to the thing.