The attitude of prayer,
Humility, respect, love, praise, meekness...these are all just some of the things that make up the attitude we should have when going before God in prayer. Obviously we can't just go to God and say, "Okay God so here's your to-do list for today so get busy please." It does not work that way. First of all, think about whom we're talking to here; we’re talking to the one true GOD, the creator of all things, the all-seeing eye, and the forgiver of sins! I think anyone who recognizes that, and are in their right mind, would not be handing out a to-do list. Humility and meekness will not produce such a thing. In Matthew 6: 9-13 God gives his disciples an example of the attitude we should have in going to prayer.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This is not a list of words to memorize and recite every day, in fact the words are not what's important; it's the attitude of the heart that matters to God. We may not know how to pray sometimes, and sometimes it's best to just be quite and commune with God...just to shut out the world and all the noise of this life, and just wait and listen. God see's the heart and goes off that. We can bring him our trials and afflictions and desires all we want, and he desires to bless and help in each thing, but unless we have the proper attitude, he won't hear us, and really if we truly love God, that attitude of prayer will come to us naturally.
Jer 29:13 and ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.