There are many types of prayer. I imagine the most used outside of the church environment are for supplication or intercession; for me or those I lift up to you. Many times when we pray we are usually praying because of something that is happening around us, to us, or to someone else, and these events fit into those two categories, but perhaps the one we’re most negligent in is just thankfulness to God.
Sometimes, instead of pleas to help me, help them, give me, give them, it’s about saying thank you:
Lord God, we give praise to you,
thank you for everything you do.
Thank you for being there;
for listening, when we do not,
and for friendship, when we are not.
Thank you for guiding us through life
and for all the things you provide.