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The Hebrew word pronounced tef-il-law means supplication, a plea to supply. It is most-often translated as "prayer" - i.e. prayer, by its literal, original definition, is a request, to God, for help (although many pray to dead saints for "intercession," such prayers go unheard because the dead are dead - see What Happens When You Die?).
Jesus Christ was a man of prayer, in private and in public, depending on the purpose and circumstance.
"14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone." (Matthew 14:23 KJV)
"Our Father which art in heaven"
Whether in public or private, prayer must be sincere, "thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are."
"6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:5-6 KJV)
The famous "LORD Prayer was intended as an outline of understanding of living a truly Christian life while awaiting the coming Kingdom of God. It is not merely words that are to be repeated over and over, "use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do." God already knows ("your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him"); prayer is an offering of faith.
"6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Along with sincerity, prayer also requires faith, to not give up if the prayer is not immediately answered (keeping in mind also that, according to God's purpose, some things, although undesirable or unpleasant, will be allowed to happen for one's greater good - e.g. see No Pain, No Gain).
"11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
Fact Finder: Was the Messiah praying when the "transfiguration" happened? What did the vision portray?