Lord Ganesha is known as the One who is able to remove any obstacle you encounter on your path of devotion. That is why we pray to Him at the beginning of every puja. But why only pray to Him at the start of a religious activity? He will guide you through ány activity when you honour Him at the start of it. To praise Ganesha the following stuti (poem, song of praise) is very appropriate and often used. It is common to lighten an oil lamp and burn some incense before reciting. See http://thepujashop.com/index.php/naturals/incense.html for good quality incense and oil lamps. GAJANANAM BHOOTAGANADHISEVITAM KAPITTHYA JAMBOO PHALACHARU BHAKSHANAM UMASUTAM SHOKAVINASHAKARAKAM NAMAMI VIGHNESHAWAR PADAPANKAJAM It is translated as follows: O elephant-faced God, Ganesha, worshipped by all existing beings, You eat the elephant apple (kaith) and jambolana (jamun), You are the son of Uma, destroyer of grief, I bow to the lotus feet of the remover of obstacles. On internet you can find various videos where you can hear how this stuti is sung. See for instance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymF9myktxXo