“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” (Luke 11:2).
This is the first step in effectual communication. You must approach the throne of grace in worship, if you want to get God’s attention.
Psalm 100:2,4 says:
“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Murmuring, grumbling and tears do not give you access into God’s presence; only worship does. When you come with a thankful heart and an attitude of worship, He welcomes you into His presence and is ready to intervene in whatever you have brought before Him.
When you come saying, “Lord, I just appreciate You for who You are and thank You for all You are to me. I thank You because You are always there.” With this, His ears are open to you and He is already saying, “What can I do for you my son?”
Provoking God’s presence is our ultimate goal in prayer, because that is the best way to secure His intervention in your case. Once you secure God’s presence, your answer is already at the door. And heart-seated praise and worship is the only way to do that.
Praise is a proof that you acknowledge His sovereignty in your personal affairs and that of the universe. It also proves that you don’t see Him as the cause of your problems, but as your Helper. That grants you unlimited access into God’s presence, where communication flows with ease and answers are guaranteed.