I love what I learn about prayer from the leper in Mark 1:40-41: "A leper came to him, begging on his knees, 'If you want to, you can cleanse me.' Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, 'I want to. Be clean.'" The leper came to Jesus. He was desperate. He knew his need. He had heard or seen what Jesus had said and done around town and stepped out in faith to trust Jesus with his own need. He boldly and authentically asked for what he wanted based on what he believed Jesus could give.
Jesus was deeply moved. He noticed the leper and took time to listen to him. He touched the leper who was so unclean. He wanted to help him and he granted the leper his request.
Reading this story motivates me to come to Jesus in my need, be honest, and boldly ask for what I need.