Prayer is a peculiar thing. It can be brief and heart-felt ("Help"). It can be long and meandering. It can be something we learned a long time ago and still pray. Whatever the shape, it is always purposeful or it is doubtful that it is prayer.
Jesus desired that his followers would spend time cultivating a relationship with the Father in heaven and so he taught them to pray, "Our Father...". He knew prayer had to have its origins in a relationship or it would only be words. In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus instructs his followers to spend time praying in a quiet place, in other words, spending one on one time with the Father.
With such a busy season (Advent/Christmas) upon us we can easily be distracted by all the things that we think need to be done. It is in times like these that we need to intentionally take time to sit in God's presence absorbing his Spirit.
Spending time in God's presence helps us find what is needful and what is not. Spending time in God's presence helps us to truly enjoy the true meaning of Christmas...God come down, in the flesh, to restore and heal us.