In his excellent book, How to Pray
, R. A. Torrey said, "Prayer is God's appointed way for obtaining things, and the great secret of all lack in our experience, in our life and in our work is neglect of prayer."
Obtaining things is not all that prayer is for, but it is one of them. James 4:2 reminds us, "Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it."
When we are facing some kind of need, the place to start is prayer. It has been said that if your knees are knocking, kneel on them. Are you facing a conflict right now? Do you have a need right now? Maybe it is a physical need. You need God's healing touch. Or maybe it is a spiritual need. You need His power, His help, and His wisdom. Or maybe it is a financial need. You need His provision. Have you prayed about it?
We are told in Philippians 4:6, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." That is the objective of prayer: to get our will in alignment with God's and to put us in touch with Him.
We need to pray about all things all the time. Ephesians 6:18 says, "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."
Notice the use of the words "all" and "every" in that verse: "at all times," "on every occasion," "for all believers everywhere."
The apostle Paul was saying that we need to be praying all the time, never giving up, never backing off. So pray about whatever you are facing.