"Prayer is the bow, the promise is the arrow: faith is the hand which draws the bow, and sends the arrow with the heart's message to heaven. The bow without the arrow is of no use; and the arrow without the bow is of little worth; and both, without the strength of the hand to no purpose. Neither the promise without prayer, nor prayer without the promise, nor both without faith, avail the Christian anything. What was said of the Israelites, "They could not enter in, because of unbelief," the same may be said of many of our prayers." Salter
"An arrow, if it be drawn up but a little way, goes not far, but if it be pulled up to the head, flies swiftly, and pierces deep. Thus prayer, if it be only dribbled forth from careless lips, falls at our feet. It is the strength of the (request) and strong desire, which sends it to heaven and makes it pierce the clouds. It is not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be; nor even the divinity of our prayers, how good the doctrine may be, --which God cares for. ..Fervency of spirit is that which availeth much."
But it is a delicate dance of fervency and "not my will, but Thine be done..."
Later that same daughter,
after praying for Grandma's flu asked,
"Did Grandma get out of her tree yet?"
(flu/flew, get it?)
I'm glad my grandchildren pray for me,
who knows best how to answer.