I have found some things more or most effective in prayer for me. You should, too, as you take account. First, I ask the Lord for His agenda and write a list of things or people who come to mind. Some of the phrases I use include: Lord give me your heart and mind regarding John or Sally. Or I may say: Lord, John needs healing for heart trouble so I lift John up to you for healing of his heart. Or, “Lord put Your words in my mouth for so-and-so, as I don’t know how to pray for him/her, and the Bible says You put words in the mouths of your servants.”
Then, whatever thoughts or words come to me, I speak them out prayer. Sometimes I say things I would never have thought of on my own.
In other words, for each item, you can do these things:
(1) I ask for the mind of the Lord about the person, organization, nation or whatever is on the list.
(2) I ask Him to pray through me, putting His words in my mouth (starting out in tongues helps; then the interpretation comes, according to 1 Cor. 14:13-15).
(3) I use Scriptures which come to mind (or which I look up) as the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6) to fight for answers. A Concordance or search of the Bible can help.
(4) I pray in the name of Jesus [John 14:13-14, 26; 15:16, 21; 16:21-26; Act 3:6,16.]
(5) Sometimes I sing and make music [1 Sam. 16:23].
(6) Sometimes I shout praises [Ps. 27:6] Judah defeated armies by praise. [2 Chron. 20]. So can you and I. Praise and thanksgiving are weapons, as they bring the Lord on the scene quickly. There are a lot of different spiritual weapons. Learn them and use them.
(7) I pray through, i.e., until I feel a full release or peace that the answer is won. Do not be fooled by the shifts which occur in praying, but keep on until you feel there is nothing more to pray. Prayer usually has stages or levels, and we should not give up until we get to the top of the mountain, or feel a release that we are done.
(8) If I do not feel a release and time has run out for me to finish, I ask the Lord to keep the prayer going inside me until I can get back to it. I keep doing taking the matter up as I can until I have prayed through to victory. Some things need a lot of prayer to finish. A sign of praying through is a sense of complete release, of peace, or joy.
(9) Remember to give thanks often. An attitude of gratitude and praise is essential. If gratitude motives you and me how much more it inspires or sparks the Lord to answer us.
(10) Also, I pray against ambushes or attacks from Satan on me and/or the people who join me in prayer, and also for whom I am praying. It is sometimes it is as simple as declaring Psalm 91 protection over us.
It is good to put on the Ephesians six “Full Armor of God,” before, during and after the prayer battles, too. You do that by declaring the same with faith, trusting God’s love.