The word of God or prayer is the thing that we are shown in the bible that it is powerful and when you pray you read the word of God you defeat the serpents and you come out that it is not just out of prayer.
So if you pray even that little prayer you think is not powerful enough trust me God answer even silent prayer even when you say Lord Protect me in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth Amen.
How to pray
God will make sure that he does what you’ve asked because he knows everything thing about us because even when he taught his disciples how to pray he said
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
The thing God knows what we need before we open our mouth but that doesn’t mean we should not ask because he mentioned that ask by prayer and you will receive.
To ask before him is actually fine and we will be not disappointed because he permitted us to do so.