The author of this short article encourages a richer personal prayer time with 3 simple suggestions from D. A. Carson's book, "Praying with Paul : a call to spiritual formation".
"Scripture moves me to pray every time I read the words of James, where he reminds us that Elijah had the exact nature as you and I, and his prayers accomplished much. He prayed and asked God that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three years. After his showdown with the prophets of Baal, he prayed that it would rain, and it rained (James 5:17-18).
With this truth in my heart, that God hears and answers prayer, I sit down determined to pray. Then, three or four sentences in, I am thinking about my to-do list at work or that I need to buy gasoline for the mower. I assume I am not alone in my struggle to stay on task while praying."