In your mind, hold the image of what you desire. Desire and visualize this in as detailed a way as possible and it shall exist.
If you need a hero to worship, imagine yourself, endowed with the finest qualities your desires can hold.
Make this marvellous entity your hero and become it.
When you pray, you verbalize your highest truths to your soul. "God" will grant you what your soul has held as true. You only need to believe it is so.
This post almost got left out, out of a fear that my thoughts of that time might be taken too literally. Let me add with emphasis, that the words "what you desire" and "your highest truths" have the same meaning.