The proper method is to consider deeply, looking into your heart, and to find one single sentence that exactly expresses your request. You may find you do this by becoming very still. At such a time a well-framed request may pop into your mind.
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The prayer that you frame should be literally correct and relevant. It should be correct and accurate to the letter. This is not a time for irony or to presume that whoever answers your prayer will develop a deep understanding of your context or your emotional nature. Consider that your words themselves become thoughts and those thoughts have power. Also consider that a prayer, a wish, is permission to do something in your life, and in God’s name pray wisely. More