So, since I'm behind the 8-ball, allow me to present this meditation on intention, and prayer, by Abraham Joshua Heschel.
"Prayer is a ladder on which our thoughts mount to God. Prayer takes our mind out of the narrowness of self-interest. Prayer clarifies our hopes and our intentions. Prayer, like a gulf stream, imparts warmth to all that is cold. Prayer is a dialogue with God. Prayer is an answer to God. Prayer is an invitation to God to intervene in our lives. Prayer is our desire to let God's will prevail in our affairs. Prayer is opening our soul to God. Prayer is our intention to make God the master of our soul. Prayer is to sense God's presence. Prayer is a gift to God. Amen."