The intensity of our prayer is what makes it. That's what gets us the answer or not. We have to be like an audience. We have to be wise enough, enlightened enough to watch all the games of the universe, and get out of the suffering.
Glorify God by your own power of meditation and realization. That's the best prayer. That's the best glorification for God, the most significant prayer and the most significant job that you could ever do for God.
Prayers begin after you have met a master, because the master awakens in you the prayer power -- the power to pray, the power to think, the power to use your own energy to make things come true.
If we truly ask for it, if we really have the courage, longing and sincerity to ask for it, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) of the ten directions would help us.
The best idea is having no idea at all. Therefore, recite the five names silently is enough. This is the best idea. The five names are neutral, very holy and powerful. There is no need praying for any worldly ideas.