As the Messiah, Jesus defined the true meaning and intent of prayer in a way that none of us had know previous to His instructions to us. It is certain that a large part of Jesus ministry was empowered by His voracious prayer life. When all others were fast asleep, Jesus was on His knees before the Father, interceding for us.
The model for effective prayer is found in the habit and method of Jesus as He demonstrated how, and to who we should pray.
The Pharisees were known for their pretentious public prayers that they conducted before the public eye. The fact that the religious leaders felt it necessary to let the public see them praying gives us an indication of where their hearts were at. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as “Hypocrites”. He said that they conduct their prayers in public so that they will be seen by others. He then contrasted how the true servant of the Lord should pray; “go into your room and pray to the Father in a secret place.” Secondly, when we speak to the Father, we talk to Him as if He is an intelligent being, who hears us the first time we speak. We do not need to conduct our prayers in repetition as is the practice of the pagan nations who do not know God.