In our question/answer time after the meal at church today, we got on the subject of prayer. And this quote came to mind.
"As to the nature of prayer, it is the offering up of the sincere desires and devout emotions of the heart to God. It consists of several parts of adoration, confession, supplication, intercession, and thanksgiving. The first of these is an expression of a sense of the infinite majesty and glory of God. Confession is an humble acknowledgment of our sins and unworthiness. Supplication is pleading for blessings upon ourselves. Intercession is prayer for others. Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude to God for His goodness and mercy towards us and our fellow-creatures."
~Harvey Newcomb, "Young Lady's Guide..."