Prayer refers to many types of communication with the supernatural. Pagans pray, Christians pray, and people of nebulous persuasion pray. All kinds of prayers proceed from all kinds of people.
Christian prayer, however, reflects many aspects of Christian doctrine:
1. The content of prayer speaks to the ability (or inability) of God.
2. The components of prayer speak to the vitality of God.
3. The constancy of prayer speaks to the attentiveness of God.
4. The context of prayer speaks to the intimacy of God.
In all these elements, Christians – unlike pagans – search not for the god who is best able to answer but for the only God and his will to answer. Christians pray right when they believe right. Prayer is, therefore, the measure of faith built on the knowledge of doctrine. Those who know very little doctrine cannot have great discernment in their prayers.