Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, specifically God, through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards God.
There are several forms of prayers depending on the circumstances that necessitated it. Prayer could be thanksgiving, adoration, intercession, petitioning, supplication and others. Supplication is an emotional request that a Christian makes to the Lord God for self and others or for self only. If the petitioner is making a request only for someone else and not for themselves, such a petition is not a supplication. Daniel explains what it means to make a prayer of supplication to the Lord God.
Daniel, in Daniel 9:3, informs us: “I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes”. In this form of prayer, you seek God’s will.
Daniel made supplications to God not only for himself but also for the whole nation and sought the help of God for the nation. He did this with his emotions on behalf of the people and the king. Nevertheless, we could make supplications to God and not cry. But we cannot make any prayer of supplication to Him without emotions because our hearts are always involved.
This is not our physical heart in our chest, but the one in our head, that is our spirit. We only commence praying when our words start to flow from our hearts (spirits) and it is not possible for any emissions from them without emotions.
We ask to receive in prayer. One of the motivations for making supplications to God is to receive from Him. The Lord is waiting on us to make supplications to Him while praying. Many Christians never receive their hearts’ desires because they never asked. Other Believers never receive them because they failed to believe their own words in prayer.