D.A. Carson said 7 things on prayer that are helpful for us:
1) Prayer needs to be planned. We need to plan times where we talk to God. We plan meals, workouts, and doctor appointments, why not plan time to spend with God daily.
2) Adopt practical ways to stop mental drift. If we want to spend time with God in real ways, we find time to remove the distractions when we spend time with Him.
3) Seek out people to pray with. When we begin to pray with and for one another it grows us to pray more.
4) Get around people who do pray. Find people you can pray with so you will learn to pray. The way we learn ANYTHING is being taught.
5) Make a system for having a prayer list. Use notes (even notes in your phone) to remember what people have asked you to pray for (or even a reminder of what you need to pray for, for yourself). Write things down so you have something to refrence and pray about.
6) When you pray have praise, confession, and intercession, and tie as much of it as you can back to the Scriptures. Praise is about who God is, confession is about who we are, and intercession is about who others are. If you are reading your Bible and come across something that brings hope for you, someone else, or reminds you of the glory of God, stop and pray. We want to tie our prayers, as best as we can, back to the Word of God.
7) Pray until you pray. The Puritans said we keep worship, singing, praying, until we actually begin to do those things naturally. Psalm 32:3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
Prayer is not just for mystics, monks, or hermits, it is for all of us, it is walking with our God who is with us.