To Pray

is to,

Solemnly come before the Lord in loving adoration, confession of sins, humble, earnest supplication for mercy, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving for blessings received.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6:7-8