"God, please let this thing go smoothly."
That may be the word we use most often while praying, but when that concept dominates we turn God into a pleasure slave. Then... then... then... when He doesn't deliver on our false image of Him, we then get mad at Him for it.
Prayer is actually the pathway to a relationship... to perspective... to Life.
It is actually something like rugby.
You will find community with God and others in the scrum... all while you wrestle over what truly matters.
To be honest, you just might get a black eye as you personally engage.
Then again, following Jesus is not about being a spectator to "smoothly"... but is about it is the path to victory.
"Pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)