People usually pray, but recently I realized the intensity and frequency of the prayers usually increases when we face certain problems in our life. Kabir realized this very clearly in his life and said-
"दुःख में सुमिरन सब करे, सुख में करे न कोय ।
जो सुख में सुमिरन करे, तो दुःख काहे को होय ।"
which translates to-
"during sorrow, everyone remembers the god, but not during happy phases of life,
If one remembers the god during the happy phase, why there will be sorrow"
Once there was a Vaishnava saint, who was in acute pain due to poor health, he prayed to the god to continue his suffering, as this will keep him reminded of the god at all times.
Such is the beauty of the saints in our culture.
I believe if we follow even the tiniest trait of our saints, our whole life will be beautiful. Once a good teacher said there are two paths to follow on the road to spirituality,
Priests in anyone's faith/religion are the learned ones, who have thoroughly memorised by heart the texts or the teaching of the faith. But are rarely put those onto their acts.
Saints on the other hand have cultivated the zest of the faith/religion into their acts, be it the act of kindness, prayers, humbleness or down-to-earth nature.
It is fine to follow any approach as per your desire, but in my personal opinion, it's better to follow the saintly approach, in terms of religion/faith. Our faith should be reflected through our acts, not by the chapters, verses or the Doha we have soaked in through religious textbooks.