Prayer makes the Christian (read here). Prayer making the Christian means prayer prepares the Christian to enter into new unexpected realities, whatever it is.
When we pray, in our mind’s eye, we see a reality of life situation we want for ourselves. Prayer moves God’s heart. So we may have our prayers answered. However, sometimes the reality of life that unfolds in front of us is unexpected, not desirable. At such times, our prayers prepare us for whatever face, by the strength of the union with Christ.
Ultimately, prayer gives us union with Christ, the greatest gift. In union with Christ we can face any reality. Without union with Christ we cannot face any reality. Without union with Christ we can do nothing.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.